One-on-One With Lemaefe Galea'i

Oklahoma State's most recent commitment is Euless (Trinity), Texas offensive guard prospect Lemaefe Galea'i. The 6-4, 317-pound Galea'i actually said last week he was closer to 6-5 and weighed in at 327 pounds. Galea'i and his family made an unofficial visit to Stillwater to check out OSU and made the commitment shortly after returning home. He was also considering Baylor, Utah, and Utah State.

He is what most coaches describe as a "masher" type of offensive lineman, and those guys typically fit best at guard. Once he gets his hands on you it is hard to get away.

Galea'i said he is part Samoan and part Tongan and both are very proud cultures that he and his family are proud to be a part of. We spoke to him and learned more about the intelligent and personable future Cowboy.

What made you decide on Oklahoma State?
Galea'i: It felt comfortable with all the coaches and the players that I had seen. It felt like home, kind of, and it wasn't that far away from home as far as the drive. It's a four-hour drive.

,i>You already know Vili Leveni. I don't know if you saw him, but he has taken full advantage of the weight room since arriving at OSU.
Galea'i: Oh yeah, I saw a glimpse of him and he looks pretty good. College kind of gets you bulked up, so, I guess.

Are you a player that loves being in the weight room?
Galea'i: I like being in the weight room because it gives you the motivation of having those beach bodies like in California, so that's kind of what I'm working for.

The weight room is a by product of making you a better football player, you want to look good?
Galea'i: Yeah.

About your heritage, we've had some Samoan and Tongan players and I really like what they stand for. It's a culture that cares a lot about family and pride.
Galea'i: I embrace my heritage really strong. I don't know where I would be without my heritage. We mainly focus on family and never letting anyone down, I guess. It's like always keeping family by your side and no harm will come.

Euless Trinity is a very successful football program that has been heavily influenced by Samoan and other Polynesian cultures. Isn't the Haka a regular part of the routine in the program?
Galea'i: Yeah, it is kind of the regular part. It's actually kind of the main part.

How good is Trinity going to be this year because I know you guys beat Tulsa Union last season and play Jenks this year. Last year you guys lost in the regional semifinal to Southlake Carroll.
Galea'i: I'm hoping we'll be pretty good. We just have to focus on not making mistakes and learning from our mistakes. Last year we did beat Union and this year we play Jenks, and we had a lot of things going in our minds because we'd heard that they had been champions in the state for a long time running. We were all kind of nervous, but we had to keep our minds set straight.

Describe yourself as a player. If somebody is watching you in the offensive line, what are they going to see?
Galea'i: I like run blocking, but I'm pretty sure I can improve in everything. I look forward to playing with Coach Wickline because I am pretty sure he can help me with the little things and help me with my attributes too.

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