Veteran Virginia Tech tight end Nick Gallo announced today that he will be using his free COVID year and returning to the Hokies for the 2023 season.
Gallo is the third scholarship Hokie that had a free COVID year remaining to announce that he would use it playing for Virginia Tech joining LB Alan Tisdale and S Nasir Peoples. WR Kaleb Smith, CB Armani Chatman, LB Keshon Artis, and DE Eli Adams are also using their free COVID year but have entered the transfer portal. DTs Norell Pollard & Mario Kendricks, DE Pheldarius Payne, and WR Cole Beck have not announced a decision publicly at this point among those with a single free COVID year remaining.
Gallo has been a steady tight end over the years for the Hokies as a versatile player who has been an effective blocker and a solid passing option primarily as a checkdown option.
Gallo likely will be used heavily as a more traditional TE pairing often in two-TE sets with Dae'Quan Wright who had an impressive freshman season and was Tech's second best passing threat for much of the second half of the 2022 season behind All-ACC Honorable Mention WR Kaleb Smith. Expect him to be used plenty as a checkdown guy for whoever VT's starting QB is whether that is incumbent Grant Wells or Baylor transfer Kyron Drones.
He has played in 46 games at Virginia Tech with 27 starts including all 24 games the past two seasons.
So far in his Virginia Tech career, Gallo has 55 catches for 469 yards and 1 touchdown including a career high 30 catches for 256 yards this past season.
We will have more as this story develops.