St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes junior wide receiver Sam Gallahan had a limited number of opportunities at wide receiver last season due to the Saints feeding running back Darius Manora with a majority of the touches on offense.

St. Stephen's/St. Agnes wide reciever and defensive back Sam Gallahan, seen here making a tackle against Bullis last fall, has been garnering recruiting interest this offseason. (Mark Gail / The Washington Post) St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes wide reciever and defensive back Sam Gallahan, seen here making a tackle against Bullis last fall, has been garnering recruiting interest this offseason. (Mark Gail / The Washington Post)

But with Manora now gone, Gallahan could be the primary weapon in the Saints’ scheme next fall. He reportedly turned some heads last week at the New Level Athletics 7-on-7 Southeast Regional tournament in Rockledge, Florida – an event that featured some of the top skill players in the country, and turned in a performance that St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes Coach Bernard Joseph said has amped up recruiting interest in the 6-2, 190-pound Gallahan. Joseph said Cincinnati, Rutgers, Boston College and James Madison have all expressed interest – and with no offers currently on the table, Joseph expects a break-through soon for his prized wide receiver.

“I think that helped him, I really do,” Joseph said of Gallahan’s performance at the 7-on-7 tournament. “At these type of things, you can’t hide.”

Although a high percentage of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes plays ran through Manora last season (236 carries, 1,311 yards, 17 touchdowns) Gallahan still had a productive year. He caught 42 passes for 631 yards, and scored one touchdown in each of the Saints’ last nine games and also was one of the team’s best defensive backs. Joseph calls Gallahan the “best route runner I’ve ever coached,” and plans to get him in space as much as possible next season with a more pass-happy attack.

“Last year we had Darius Manora and we really wanted to get him the ball,” Joseph said. “(Gallahan) is gonna be our go-to guy down the stretch, no doubt.”