January 3, 2008

Gallington selected for All-American Bowl

Under Mike Leach, Texas Tech has made a habit of keeping their quarterbacks upright, despite throwing the ball well over 40 times per game. Tech's recipe for success is far from simplistic, but much of it has to do with the offensive linemen they recruit. Since Tech's wide splits force the linemen to move well in space, Leach tends to recruit linemen with good frames and better athleticism.

Take current commit Deveric Gallington for instance- the interior lineman is not only a standout on the gridiron, he's also taking his act to the hardwood.

"I'm actually at a basketball tournament right now," laughed the 6-foot-4, 330-pound lineman. "We're actually doing really good in basketball this year, so it's been really fun."

Gallington, who hadn't played basketball since 8th grade, decided to pick the game back up this year, and has been enjoying himself thoroughly.

"I'm playing the post right now," he explained. "I'm not starting or anything like that, but I'm getting some good minutes and hopefully I can keep helping the team out."

On the football field, Gallington had an excellent year despite switching from the defensive to the offensive line.

"I played pretty good I guess," said the humble Gallington. "I got first team all-district and all-area and second team all-state, which was a really humbling thing for me. It was just a big compliment to get those honors from people who played against me."

Sadly, Gallington's team didn't fare so well.

"It was a really disappointing year," he lamented. "We ended up 5-5 and didn't make the playoffs. We blew a big lead in a game at the end of the year and that knocked us out."

Despite his team's struggles, Gallington's stellar year has earned him a prestigious honor.

"I'll be leaving in a few days to go to Miami for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl," said Gallington. "We're supposed to be there for a few days and I think that's going to be a really fun time. I'm looking forward to getting better and representing (Texas) Tech."

Gallington joins fellow Texans Jeff Fuller, Cyrus Gray, Kyle Mangan, and Keon Furtch in the game, which selects 88 players.

The All-American also says he's sticking to his guns in the recruiting game.

"The only coaches I talk to are Tech's coaches," he explained. "Some schools keep trying to write or call or whatever, but most schools know that I'm a committed man and I don't even want to talk to other schools. Coach Mainord has been keeping in touch with me and letting me know how excited they are, and I have to say I'm pretty excited myself. I can't wait to get up there."

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