June 12, 2009

CMU leaves good impression on Gallik

At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, offensive tackle Andrew Gallik from Brother Rice in Chicago (Illinois) has been impressing coaches with his tremendous skills, left and right. Gallik's athleticism, strength, and explosiveness have earned him a total of nine offers from some of the nation's top college football programs. So far, Boston College, Colorado State, Illinois, Minnesota, Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Northern Illinois, and Central Michigan have made scholarship offers. In the coming weeks, Gallik plans to make his rounds by visiting a few of the schools that were mentioned previously and hopes to have his final decision by the start of his senior season. Recently, Gallik made a trip up north to Mount Pleasant to check out what Central Michigan University has to offer.

"An offer from CMU means a lot, especially being on the O-Line, with all the guys they have sent to the NFL and the CFL in recent years, an offer from them is an opportunity to shine" said Gallik in reference to the CMU offer.

"I was also really impressed with the kinesiology program that CMU has to offer".

During his visit to campus, Gallik checked out all the facilities, and got a chance to get to know the coaching staff.

"One thing that really stuck out in my mind was how welcoming everyone is at CMU".

"The coaching staff was really impressive, Coach (Don) Mahoney is a real players coach, and I know that with him as my main recruiter and coach I could reach my potential as an O-Lineman".

Gallik also, had a chance to get to know CMU junior defensive linemen Sean Murnane who hails from Illinois as well.

"Sean is a great player and we are both from the around the same area" added Gallik.

"We ended up talking for a while and he told me why he chose to come to CMU and a few tips that I found really helpful".

Growing up just outside of Chicago, Gallik began playing football when he was in the 5th grade.

"I only played at first because all my friends were playing football and I wanted to be around them, even though I really didn't know too much about the game".

Now that he is a little older, he has discovered what makes the game of football so great to play.

"My favorite thing about football is going under the Friday night lights and going against a potential D1 defensive lineman, having the ball run right behind you, and putting that D-lineman on his back".

In high school, Gallik has started to understand the importance of knowing as a player what your strengths and weaknesses are.

"I find myself making changes all the time and learning what is the correct way to do different things".

"I have been working with a trainer on improving my overall explosiveness, and I feel like I am making a lot of improvements".

With all the attention surrounding his potential college football career, Gallik remains extremely thankful for having such a great family.

"I know that there wouldn't be any of these opportunities if it wasn't for my family, they have been my biggest supporters and fans since the beginning".

As his high school career draws to a close, Gallik is focused on doing some damage before he goes to college.

"My team and I have a few goals that we would like to accomplish in this upcoming season" noted Gallik.

"First, as a team we want to average at least 200 yards a game, on the ground (running the ball). Second, as a team we all are focused and ready to get to the state championship, and win it".

Joe Staley, Andrew Hartline, and Greg Wojt, Drew Mormino,Adam Kieft, and Eric Ghiaciuc have all found opportunities to continue playing football after playing at offensive line at CMU in recent years, might Andrew Gallik continue the legacy?

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