December 13, 2009

Gallik joins Eagles' recruiting class

Even though he had been committed to Illinois for some time, Chicago Brother Rice offensive lineman Andy Gallik said he always had it in the back of his mind that Boston College would be a good place as well.

After his visit to Chestnut Hill this weekend, he decided that the right move would be to commit to the Eagles. That's what he did and with Matt Tennant using up his eligibility, Gallik thinks he could have a good shot at early playing time.

"It's always been in the back of my mind ever since I committed to Illinois that BC, I was really interested in them," Gallik said.

"The offensive line coach there had a huge impact on my recruitment because of the fact that they want me to play center and their All-American center Matt Tennant is graduating this year and I might have a shot to compete for early playing time when I get there. I fit in really well with all the guys personality-wise so it was a perfect fit."

Offensive line coach Sean Devine played a big role in landing Gallik, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound recruit who's rated as the No. 24 prospect in the Illinois state rankings. has him as a three-star player.

"His coaching experience is awesome and how he got Matt Tennant to where he is now and watching film with him and all the guys and watching him coach practice solidified everything with him," Gallik said.

Another important factor - one that cannot be overlooked - is that Gallik felt comfortable personality-wise with his future teammates. Sometimes the Xs and Os get in the way but Gallik said he found a place where he jells with the players and genuinely likes being around them.

Boston College fit him the best and now he's a part of the Eagles' 2010 recruiting class.

"A lot of people don't understand how important that is," Gallik said. "What I noticed about BC is that every kid there takes their academics most important first and foremost and when it comes to football they're all fired up and ready to go and they're all expecting big things and competing for the Orange Bowl every year.

"You can see that in practice day in and day out guys are fighting against each other because someone is winning a rep against somebody else and you see there's competition all over. That's where I fit in because I have that drive too and I want to be a part of it."

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