June 3, 2008

Cyclones vie for Rivals100 athlete

Rivals.com ranks Apopka (Fla.) athlete Jeremy Gallon as one of the top 100 players in the country, but when the spring evaluation started the 5-foot-8, 164-pound Gallon had yet to pick up his first offer. Since then six schools have extended offers to Gallon and one of the first to do so was Iowa State.

"That was like a month ago," said Gallon of the Iowa State offer. "They were sending me handwritten letters saying they were interested in me and I kept replying back to them."

Gallon has already taken the ACT and said he scored well on the test and expects to be fully qualified through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Why, then, it took so long for schools to come around and offer Gallon may be best answered by his head coach at Apopka, Rich Darlington.

"Any college that's seen him has been flabbergasted by him, but nobody has seen him," Darlington said in March. "A lot of the bigger schools don't come by here, I guess because we're out here in the middle of the state."

Iowa State came out to see Gallon and the offer came shortly after they did. Since receiving the offer from the Cyclones, Gallon has continued to hold strong interest in their school. According to Gallon the other five team that have extended a scholarship offer are Michigan, Auburn, FIU, UAB and UCF. He plans to wait until signing day to render his decision.

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