Churchland WR/SS Kenny Gallop (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Howard locks up Churchland SB/SS Kenny Gallop, Jr.
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
It took the Truckers just one season to find their footing under now third-year head coach Dontrell Leonard. Churchland finished 1-9 during the 2017 campaign, but managed to put it all together last year as it was able to finish with a 5-6 record. This was good enough for a playoff berth for the first time since the 2015 season. Albeit the Truckers suffered a season-ending loss to Lafayette yet again, Churchland was able to find stability behind its coaching staff and the student-athletes that bought into the system.
Starting strong safety Kenny Gallop, Jr. (2020 SB/SS 6-0 205) is one of those prospects that was able to make a huge impact for the Truckers last season. Gallop doubled down on the offensive side of the ball igniting Churchland at running back as well as strong safety. On Thursday afternoon, Gallop decided it was time to close down his recruitment by joining Coach Ron Prince at Howard University.
“I felt like it was the best choice and the coaches showed me a lot of love,” Gallop told recruit757.
Gallop missed a huge chunk of the schedule early in the season last year, but he was able to make it back and compete in the final six contests. Churchland went 2-3 without Gallop in the lineup, but was able to win three of its last six when he returned back to the fold including offsite victories against Armstrong and Woodrow Wilson.
The Churchland product picked up his first offer back on June 8 which came from Howard and was his only pocketed scholarship offer thus far. However, Gallop made sure to take visits out to Norfolk State, Navy, and also Howard in the meantime. The decision now gives him the opportunity to focus on the upcoming season and attempt to help lead Churchland past the first-round of the playoffs for the first time in the history of its program.
Coach Leonard was thrilled for his rising senior: “I think it is a great marriage for him and Howard. HU recruiting coordinator Marc Bacote expressed to me that Kenny was their #1 strong safety. I told Kenny that Howard was going to offer him. Their success in landing him was was driven by how they recruited him, and the research they put into him and his family.”
– Brandon Mitchell