Gallaspy: "They say when I get there"

Reggie Gallaspy

Reggie Gallaspy has visited Duke several times over the last year. He's also named the Blue Devils as his leader. So what happens next for the highly rated, in-state RB? He discussed that and more with TDD this week.

Reggie Gallaspy, the three star running back from Greensboro (N.C.) Southern Guilford High, was back on campus last weekend to meet with the Duke coaches before heading to the basketball game against North Carolina. And while the meetings with the coaches was familiar, the in-state standout says the game left a lasting impression as well.

"It was sick! Even before the game started the whole place was crazy," said Gallaspy. "Duke fans really do go crazy for basketball."

That much is so, but Gallaspy isn't going to be on the hardwood at the collegiate level and says he believes the atmosphere can spill over from Cameron Indoor Stadium to Wallace Wade Stadium.

"I think the fans and students have seen that Duke football is stepping it up, so I'm not surprised to see Duke games starting to look like that too."

For their part, the Duke coaching staff continues to maintain regular contact with Gallaspy in hopes that they can convert him from listing the Blue Devils as his leader to a player who is finally committed. It's been a measured approach, but one that the talented back appreciates.

"They want me to be part of the Duke family. They have told me I could be one of the major factors in bringing the program up. That is really a great honor to me. We talk a lot about things other that football too, things like life and education."

Those conversations continued this weekend as well.

"We just talked with the coaches and players before going to the game. They have told me all about the education, and so we got to just visit the football areas again and took pictures with the jerseys before having a wonderful meal with everyone before the game. Their whole approach to me is like I'm already playing there. They never say things like 'if you come there', they always say 'when you get here'. I can tell they really want me to be a part of things."

So what's next for Gallaspy?

"Well, we have gotten all the important information out of the way, and now we can just focus on talking about football and life. We have already discussed information about the school, and what I should expect at Duke and things like that - the kind of information they would provide any recruit. We all know each other well, so we are now focusing on football."

Gallaspy is rated as the nation's No.49 running back according to Scout.com

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