This time a year ago, Seneca (S.C.) standout Braden Galloway was playing his first season of high school football and a relatively unknown commodity on the gridiron. Now, he is committed to play college football for the defending national champions.
So, life has changed a lot in the last year for Galloway, who has become somewhat of a local celebrity.
Being a Clemson commit brings attention, high expectations and added pressure – especially when you live about 10 minutes away from the school like Galloway – but that’s something he embraces.
The Clemson Insider made the second stop on our Tour of Champions at Seneca on Friday night for its game against Chapman, and caught up with Galloway after.
“On the field it’s a lot of pressure just because people expect you to do big things,” Galloway said. “Especially when it’s only my second year playing, but I’m going to Clemson so people still want me to do big things.
“But it’s exciting. I wouldn’t have any other way.”
As a junior last season, Galloway burst onto the scene in his first year of football as he racked up 50 receptions for more than 800 yards and nine touchdowns.
He is being recruited by Clemson as a tight end, but the talented all-around athlete has been employed by Seneca at quarterback this season. In the Bobcats’ Week 1 win over Berea, Galloway threw for 102 yards and a touchdown, caught a touchdown pass, and rushed for 107 yards and another score.
Galloway does it all for Seneca, which was dealt a blow on Friday when he suffered what was later diagnosed as a Jones Fracture in his right foot. He will need surgery and be forced to miss the next four to six weeks after it.
“Our whole offense is revolved around him being able to do things, get the ball to certain people, especially the deep ball,” Seneca head coach Hal Capps said. “That sort of changes when we make quarterback changes.”
Expect Galloway to return stronger than ever, and he’ll be determined to do so.
Galloway is the leader of his team, a hard worker and a likeable person, and his teammates gravitate toward him.
“Braden’s a great individual,” Capps said. “His mom’s done a great job and his dad’s done a great job raising an outstanding young man, and he carries that into the locker room. He makes our program – not necessarily our football team, which he does – but more importantly he makes our program better.”
Galloway, with his ability on the field and high character off of it, is precisely what Clemson looks for in recruits.
After evaluating him, the Tigers invited him on an unofficial visit to Clemson in early April. He made the short trip and received an offer from Clemson before committing to the program three days later following the annual Orange & White spring game.
Because of his combination of size (6-5, 235), ball skills and ability to stretch the field, Galloway has drawn comparisons from Clemson’s staff to former star tight end Jordan Leggett.
Capps sees the parallels between Galloway and Leggett, too.
“I definitely believe that,” Capps said. “Jordan Leggett’s an outstanding player, an unbelievable player. Not sure if Jordan ever did what Braden did last week, which is rush for a touchdown, throw for a touchdown and catch a touchdown in one game, but that’s my selfish opinion.
“I love Braden Galloway. I love what he does, I love what he represents, and to me, he is true Clemson – he’s the kind of kid that Clemson recruits.”
Galloway is a two-sport standout who excels on the basketball court, as well. He earned region player of the year honors last season after averaging 20.7 points per game.