Haverford (Pa.) School linebacker Matt Galambos
used this week to visit a pair of schools to already offer him as he made a Monday journey to Syracuse
and a Thursday visit to Rutgers
Both programs made an impression on the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, although they see him in different roles.
Rutgers is recruiting Galambos as a middle linebacker while Syracuse views him as linebacker who can play different positions.
With the visit to Rutgers the freshest in his mind, Galambos talked about his day-long unofficial visit with his family.
"We got to see a lot," he said. "It was pretty neat how everything was almost attached to the football stadium. I don't know if that's the case with most schools, but the ones I went to it wasn't.
"I saw the weight room. It was huge. I really liked it. They had a turf (track) in there, which was pretty neat."
After a tour of the facilities, Galambos was given an academic presentation, and met with dean Carl Kirschner.
"For me, when I go to all these schools, I want to see if they have a good football team, but academics are a big deal for me," he said. "I want to know about the academic supports, tutors, study halls and that stuff."
The meeting with Kirschner stood out because of its uniqueness.
"That was cool," Galambos said. "That is the first time I got to meet the dean at a school and talk more academic stuff and hear about the school from a different perspective, even though he is involved with the football program. That was interesting."
Galambos also spoke with linebackers coach Dave Cohen and defensive coordinator Robb Smith before meeting with coach Kyle Flood.
"He seemed like a really nice guy," Galambos said. "He seemed pretty straight forward, and he knows what he is doing. He said he's been with the program for seven years with the offensive line and then moved to head coach.
"He's looking for guys with good character, kids that don't have any trouble off the field and they care about their academics and are pretty serious about working hard. It was a pretty good day."
Galambos added Rutgers is looking at him primarily as a middle linebacker.
‘They said they want somebody who can be the captain and the leader of the defense," he said, "the quarterback of the defense and control everything."
How Rutgers envisions Galambos varies from how the Orange see him fitting into their plans.
"At Syracuse, they said they can't tell me exactly they are recruiting me for (one) position," he said. "They said I could maybe play one of the three linebacker spots. They don't want recruit really specific. They want to recruit guys that are versatile."
Galambos said his trip to Syracuse had a different feel than Rutgers because of the environment, although he said he liked both.
"I feel like when I as at Syracuse it was more of a college town, more of a college life, campus style and stuff," Galambos said. "Everything was close. The dorms were across the street from the facilities, which was still very convenient. The stadium was right in the middle of campus, which was pretty cool.
"We went inside the Carrier Dome, which was huge. It's the biggest indoor stadium I've been in."
After seeing the facilities, Galambos was shown the academic side of Syracuse as a tour with his recruiting coach, defensive line coach Tim Daoust, continued.
"We went up to the engineering building and they showed me some labs some kids were doing, some kind of environmental science or environmental engineering, which was interesting," he said. "When you go to a school, yeah, you're going to be playing football, but you're up there for majors. Football is going to end, so what do you want to do afterward? "
The trip ended with a meeting with coach Doug Marrone.
"He was a very straightforward guy," Galambos said. "He didn't try to exaggerate anything. He said it's a hard school, it's tough academically and it may not be the school for some people. But if you want to come, work hard, challenge yourself, it's a good school. And they're building a program. I like him. He's a really nice guy, too."
Galambos also wasn't intimated by the academic stature.
"I don't think it's a problem," he said. "I'm getting interest from Ivy League schools and the Haverford School is challenging. So, it's like, ‘Ok, it's a challenge, but I can handle a challenge.' "
Galambos said his next trip will be to see Harvard and Boston College before he starts thinking about trimming his list, or making a decision.
"I don't have a specific timetable," he said. "Visits are winding down, so once I get done with my visits and I get a chance to talk with my family …then I can make a decision."
Haverford (Pa.) School linebacker Matt Galambos visited Syracuse earlier this week and Rutgers on Thursday, and he shared his experiences with FOXSportsNEXT.com. He also spoke about upcoming visits, as well as when he could trim his list.
Haverford (Pa.) School LB Matt Galambos visited Syracuse and Rutgers this week ...