BREAKING NEWS: Beavs land touted Cali hoss

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE wild 29-23 win over Washington, one of the recruits in on his official visit was waiting for Mike Riley. He had a notion before heading to Corvallis he was going to give his oral pledge but the OSU staff, the players, the town itself, all decked out in black and orange, it all rendered the decision a 'no doubter'. And so he told Riley -- he wanted to become a Beav.

The No. 11 ranked center prospect in the nation, center Dominic Galas (6-2, 275), out of Modesto, Calif., is headed to Oregon State to play his college football.

"I can't wait to get up to Oregon State and play," said Galas. "And I'm thankful for all the other (schools and) coaches, too, it was a tough decision. But Oregon State, no doubt, is the place for me, and I'm excited. Go Beavs!"

Galas had been offered this recruiting season by Colorado, Boise State, Nevada and UNLV and was seeing varying shades of interest from a number of others.

But just before Saturday night turned into Sunday, right after the victory over the Huskies, Galas told Riley he was coming to Corvallis.

"He gave me a hug right outside the locker room and he said 'You're going to love it up here,' and it was (surreal)... he shook my hand and gave me a hug and I was just, 'Wow, this is so cool.'"

Galas, a three-star prospect, said he had mostly made up his mind before going on the OSU trip and everything about the Beaver experience -- and particularly Riley, o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh and the rest of the Beaver staff -- reinforced that it was the right decision.

"The whole city was in black and orange," said Galas. "...The players treated you like family."

"It was just the right fit for me."

Galas has had a stellar senior season for Central Catholic (8-1-1) who next face Hughson in the playoffs on Friday. One of his best moments this year during a game came despite being less than full strength.

After suffering through a case of mono, he returned to the field but knew early on he had probably come back too soon. He still played the entire game. It wasn't until the final gun sounded that he gave in, heading straight to the hospital for the night.

"I had it, then I felt pretty good, played the fourth quarter, finished the game, then went to the Emergency Room and was there until about seven in the morning," Galas told BF.C a couple weeks back.

"I thought I had a real good game, I thought it was one of my better games. I wasn't 100 percent, obviously, but I thought it was about as good a game as you could play," said Galas.

Galas, the offensive line MVP at a NIKE camp this summer, is also an accomplished wrestler. He stars in the classroom as well and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

Dominic Galas profile and video

Dominic Galas profile and video

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