Commitment Analysis: Mike Galati

Mike Galati committed to USF. What does this mean for the Bulls?

Profile: Michael Galati

Position: Offensive guard/center
Location: Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 280-pounds

Recruiting: Galati committed to South Florida over offers from Florida International and Presbyterian.

What to like: There is a lot to like about Galati. The first thing that jumps out at you is his versatility. He is such a smart kid who has learned to play every position on the Hurricane front, including tackle. He has very good feet and a good, quick get off. Galati is great on the move and really excels when pulling. He's physical and a finishing. He plays low and does a nice job with leverage. In pass pro he can slide side to side and shows good balance

What may be of concern: The big concern is his size or lack of height. He will have to slide inside to play center or guard.

Overall analysis: This is a player where you just have to trust your evaluation despite the size concern. Make no mistake about it, this kid is an exceptional high school linemen. He's the best one on one of the top high school fronts in the country.

But he doesn't have as much of a ceiling or upside as his teammate Jake Stickler because Stickler is a long 6-foot-5. Still, Galati brings some intangibles to the Bulls front. First, the kid can play multiple spots. He's further along at guard but took a ton of reps at center at USF's camp this summer and exceled. Second, he's smart. So picking up all three interior positions won't likely be that big of a challenge for Galati. He could also be a ‘spot' guy at tackle if the Bulls were in a pinch.

Remember as well that Galati is from Willie Taggart's high school. You know darn well that the Bulls will try and make that pipeline from Bradenton to Tampa. In fact, they are already starting that and would love to add Hurricane running back Trevon Walters into the fold as well. This pickup can't hurt.


Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext. He's currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.
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