AMSTERDAM - Amsterdam three-sport athlete Julian Gallup has made a decision as to what college and which sport he will be playing after graduation.
Gallup signed a letter of intent to attend Division I Niagara University in the fall and will play baseball for the Purple Eagles.
"This is very exciting for me and my family," Gallup said. "It has been my dream for a long time to play Division 1 baseball. I visited the campus with my father and we really enjoyed the atmosphere. It is an older school with a rich tradition. I really like the academics there because it offers me while I am there to prepare me for after I graduate."
Amsterdam High School senior Julian Gallup, third from left, signed a letter of intent Friday at the Amsterdam High School Media Center to attend and play baseball next year at Division I Niagara University. Looking on from left are his brother Ethan Gallup, mother Colleen Gallup and brother Jared Gallup, Amsterdam varsity baseball coach Brian Spagnola, back row left, father Jerry Gallup, Amsterdam athletic director Randy Hutto and Amsterdam High School Principal Dave Ziskin. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
As a junior, Gallup was selected as an all-state sixth-team all-star in Class A.
The Rams' outfielder was a first-team Big 10 all-star selection with a .429 average, 21 runs, 12 RBIs, 18 stolen bases and a .562 on-base percentage.
"We are very proud of Julian," Amsterdam varsity baseball coach Brian Spagnola said. "He is a tremendous athlete and we thought last year he was one of the better athletes in the Big 10. With his academic prowess and athletic ability, we knew he would have a chance to go Division 1. We are certainly very proud of him. They are excited about getting him and I think he is a good fit for a program that is on the rise."
Gallup has not selected a major yet, but has expressed interest in fields Niagara offers.
"I am not too sure right now, but they definitely have a great business program, chemistry and biology fields," he said. "I really enjoyed looking at those fields when I researched them. It is still open for me, but I definitely enjoyed what they offered in all three of those fields."
Gallup said signing his letter of intent has taken a lot of pressure off so he can enjoy his senior year at Amsterdam High School.
"I know a lot of people who are going through trying to figure out colleges and it is very stressful for them," he said. "Knowing for a couple months now was definitely a relief going into my senior year just to have it figured out and now I can kind of coast through it."