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Three-star linebacker Bryce Gallagher signs with Northwestern

Wildcat fans can look forward to another Gallagher patrolling the field at linebacker. Oh, and Bryce is bigger and taller than his older brother.

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Quick Hits

POSITION: Outside linebacker

HEIGHT: 6-foot-3

WEIGHT: 215 pounds

HOMETOWN: Needham, Mass.

HIGH SCHOOL: St. Sebastien’s

247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8466

NATIONAL RANKING: 1194

POSITION RANKING: 85

STATE RANKING: 5

OTHER OFFERS: Duke, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Dartmouth

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Background

Gallagher became NU’s first 2019 commit all the way back in September 2017, when Justin Jackson was Northwestern’s Ball Carrier and the Wildcats were preparing for a season-defining trip to Madison. He’s the younger brother of Wildcat WILL Blake Gallagher, who tallied 120 tackles as a sophomore in 2018.

Bryce had an excellent season of his own, tallying 95 tackles, eight sacks, and four interceptions during his senior year, according to his Hudl tape. He’s remarkably quick and powerful on his tape, knifing into the backfield or chasing down ball-carriers from behind. To be honest, the level of competition doesn’t look great, but Gallagher is clearly one of the best athletes on the field. His ability to drop into coverage while also making plays in the backfield calls current SAM ‘backer Nate Hall to mind. Gallagher looks to be playing outside linebacker in his tape, but he’s certainly all over the field. Here are his full senior year highlights:

Outlook

Bryce is heavier and taller than Blake was when the elder Gallagher committed to Northwestern, which points to Bryce’s physical maturity. Blake Gallagher was able to contribute as a true freshman with 33 tackles, and from the look of Bryce’s tape, it looks like he may do the same. NU will lose Nate Hall at the SAM linebacker, and while Chris Bergin has some experience there, Gallagher has better size and pedigree. We may see two Gallaghers patrolling the middle of the field together next fall.