Tight end Tommy Gallarda (6-6, 221, 4.7) from Brea (Calif.) Brea Olinda had an outstanding senior season that saw him end up as the number one scoring receiver for Orange County. When you take into consideration that he made that accomplish as a tight end it is even more impressive.
Gallarda hauled in 48 receptions for 808 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games. He missed games battling a bout of mononucleosis.
Gallarda was able to achieve these numbers while being a marked man. He was double teamed every game. He was able to get open this season due to his improved speed and disciplined routes.
The key to his strong senior season can rest squarely on Gallarda's work ethic. He went through a rigorous off-season work out plan to improve his speed and his overall skills.
It worked because Gallarda has upped his game in all facets. Not only is he a threat as receiver but his blocking skills improved.
Gallarda also played outside linebacker as a senior and picked off a pass that he returned for a touchdown.
Gallarda has three written offers from Boise State, Colorado, and Tulsa.
"I have taken my first official visit to Boise State and really enjoyed the coaching staff," Gallarda said. "The program uses the tight end all over the field and is an important weapon."
"Head Coach Dan Hawkins, and Coaches Steve Smyte and Bryan Harsin are making an in-home visit on December the 8th," Gallarda said. "My parents and I are looking forward to getting together with them."
"I am taking my second official visit over Thanksgiving to CU," Gallarda said. "Coach Craig Bray wants me to be part of the walk through Thursday afternoon in preparation for their game against Nebraska on Friday."
"The Big 12 is a great conference and with CU in first place in the North it will be exciting to see the game," Gallarda said. "CU also uses the tight end in a lot of different ways offensively."
"I get home Saturday and on Monday Coach Pete Alamar, the tight end coach at Cal is doing an in-home visit," Gallarda said. "He told me earlier today that Coach Jeff Tedford has said to get an official visit scheduled and I plan to be at Cal the first week in December."
"Cal had a good year and is becoming very competitive in the Pac 10," Gallarda said. "I am looking forward to the visit."
"Coach George Yarno at Washington State has been recruiting me heavily over the season and has given me a couple of dates for an official visit," Gallarda said. "I plan to be there in the second week of January. He is doing an in-home visit November 29th."
"Coach Matt Wells at Tulsa and I talk regularly," Gallarda said. "Tulsa has the number one tight end in the country in Garrett Mills and he got the ball 71 times for 943 yards this year."
"With the win over East Carolina Tulsa is Bowl eligible and that's exciting," Gallarda said. "My Dad and I agreed that I would use official visits for schools that I had not been to previously. I attended a great Day camp at Tulsa in the summer where I was offered and liked the school enough to not have to go back for an official visit."
The last official visit will come down to one of the two following schools.
"Coach Kasey Dunn, at the University of Arizona has been recruiting me and asked for the last 3 game tapes," Gallarda said. "He called me last week and wants me to take an official visit."
"Coach Gary Bernardi at UNLV has been recruiting me all season," Gallarda said. "After he reviewed my last three game tapes he asked me to take an official visit."
"I have not made a decision yet as to where I will end up and will take all my official visits before deciding," Gallarda said. "My parents were very involved in the process and are happy with the schools. They are leaving the final decision up to me."