UNC baseball head coach Scott Forbes has gotten off to a hot start on the recruiting trail after being named the successor to legendary skipper Mike Fox.
Forbes secured one of his first big commitments on Sept. 28, from local shortstop Gavin Gallaher. The No. 147 recruit in his class according to Perfect Game, Gallaher gives the Tar Heels a surefire middle infielder for the 2023 class. Gallaher, who plays high school ball at Pro5 Baseball Academy in Holly Springs, North Carolina, has dreamed of playing for the Tar Heels since he was a little kid.
“Just living here and being close to home, I have been going to basketball games, baseball games and football growing up," Gallaher said. “It just kind of feels like it's home to me.”
Although he said North Carolina has felt like home for most of his life, Gallaher's collegiate decision wasn’t an easy one, considering the pressure that typically surrounds a player of his caliber’s recruitment. Added on top of that were the obstacles COVID-19 created for recruits and their families.
UNC’s program history, combined with Forbes’ down-to-earth nature, won him over in the end as the recruit and coach got to know each other better.