Football Matt Gallagher, Owasso Rams

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I have kept up with Owasso football because of Keon Hatcher, while keeping up with him, Matt Gallagher really stood out. He was just offered a preferred walk-on spot. He had 8 receiving TDs as a TE compared to Veatch who had 1. I asked a friend of mine from Owasso about him and he is being recruited by several Ivy League schools and few others.They said he has a 34-35 on his ACT and all his family went to OSU. He also is a top 50 basketball player in Oklahoma so he seems really athletic.

I remember reading about him in DOK about a 4OT game against Midwest City
http://newsok.com/owasso-beats-midwest-city-in-four-overtimes/article/3624869

Also when Veatch and him played in the same game. Gallagher had 2 TD receptions.
http://www.tulsaworld.com/sportsext...id=227&articleid=20111126_227_B3_CUTLIN357349
 
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I'd assume he is a senior. Would be a great addition and sounds like one of those walk-ons who would really have a chance to play one day and earn a scholly.
 
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Senior at Owasso. 6'5", 235. He and Veatch were named to the OCA All-State team today. Gallagher won the John Kolb award, an award Owasso offers to the Most Outstanding Senior. Pretty impressive considering he played with the state's leading WR and a QB that has already been elected to an All-America game.
 

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Matt's older brother works for the athletic department. Both really, really nice guys. I know some Ivy League schools had been looking at him. Not sure that he's had much Div. I interest though, although he's certainly got the frame for it.
 
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Call me crazy but if I scored a 34-35 on my ACT with a shot to play Ivy League ball, I'm out. Thats also why I don't blame BJS if he chooses Stanford. With an opportunity to get a world class education, it's hard to get upset w/ athletes who choose such schools over OSU.
 

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Call me crazy but if I scored a 34-35 on my ACT with a shot to play Ivy League ball, I'm out. Thats also why I don't blame BJS if he chooses Stanford. With an opportunity to get a world class education, it's hard to get upset w/ athletes who choose such schools over OSU.
But you also have to look at the financial aspect of the ivy league versus In state tuition.
 

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They may not give athletic scholarships, but they would find ways to get good talent there.
Oh I totally agree, Coach Spates got a couple of my friends a lot of help in financial aid at Cornell. That was in '89 and it was 25k per , plus room and board. That was 20 years ago, how much is it now?
 
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But you also have to look at the financial aspect of the ivy league versus In state tuition.
Exactly because I don't think Ivy League schools give athletic scholarships. Whether or not their football players get some sort of preferential treatment on academic scholarships, especially with 35 ACT scores, I have no idea.

Given I'm an Owasso grad, I hope he gets a chance at a full Ivy ride if he doesn't choose to walk on with us in Stillwater.
 

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Oh I totally agree, Coach Spates got a couple of my friends a lot of help in financial aid at Cornell. That was in '89 and it was 25k per , plus room and board. That was 20 years ago, how much is it now?
Well above 40k. A private school I applied to was 40k three years ago. They've got to be quite a lot higher than that.
 

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Exactly because I don't think Ivy League schools give athletic scholarships. Whether or not their football players get some sort of preferential treatment on academic scholarships, especially with 35 ACT scores, I have no idea.

Given I'm an Owasso grad, I hope he gets a chance at a full Ivy ride if he doesn't choose to walk on with us in Stillwater.
Ivy league does not give any sports schollies. I'm sure he would get some academic scholarships. I hope he gets to do what he wants.
 

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But you also have to look at the financial aspect of the ivy league versus In state tuition.
You also have to take into account that with that ACT score, he probably gets a full ride academic scholarship to OSU and gets to play football as a bonus. Also, I think it would be a whole lot more fun to play at OSU than an Ivy league school, they just don't care about football at all. If he performs well at OSU, then we have proven over the years that you can earn playing time.
 

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You also have to take into account that with that ACT score, he probably gets a full ride academic scholarship to OSU and gets to play football as a bonus. Also, I think it would be a whole lot more fun to play at OSU than an Ivy league school, they just don't care about football at all. If he performs well at OSU, then we have proven over the years that you can earn playing time.
Unless he has a dream of the NFL or coaching, I'd go Ivy League if they can make it financially viable. Having a degree from there just opens up some doors and allows for contacts that so many schools simply cannot provide.
 

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Unless he has a dream of the NFL or coaching, I'd go Ivy League if they can make it financially viable. Having a degree from there just opens up some doors and allows for contacts that so many schools simply cannot provide.
That is my point, the financials won't be viable. Even with a 34 or 35 on your ACT, you get very minimal scholarships. OSU basically gives full rides for those scores.
 
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Ivy league schools give no athletic scholarships. I have known several kids that went to Ivy league schools to play football and none of them received any aid whatsoever. Some may get "aid" but it is in the form of loans that must be repaid. And a 35 ACT doesn't even guarantee acceptance without the agreement to play sports. The good deal about playing sports at an Ivy League school is that it gets you into the school, when you otherwise might not have been admitted.
 
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You also have to take into account that with that ACT score, he probably gets a full ride academic scholarship to OSU and gets to play football as a bonus. Also, I think it would be a whole lot more fun to play at OSU than an Ivy league school, they just don't care about football at all. If he performs well at OSU, then we have proven over the years that you can earn playing time.
IF a football player gets a full ride academic scholarship, it counts against the program's NCAA mandated 85 limit. Otherwise, the schools with the most money could arrange to get academic scholarships for supposed "walk-ons" and skirt the 85 rule limit. Matt is going to have to pay his own way as a walk-on at oSu (I think he can get Pell grants, but I doubt he qualifies).

Dan Bailey originally was going to be a walk-on at Arkansas and was told by Houston Nutt he could get an academic scholarship to pay his way. Of course that was a bold-faced lie and Nutt told him just before school started he had to pay his own way. His parents were PISSED. Dan sat home that fall and enrolled at OK State. The rest is history.