Mustangs land JUCO lineman

SMU continued to mine the state of California for football talent today as Mustangs assistant coach Derrick Odum secured a commitment from offensive lineman Kevin Galindo of Laney College.

"SMU felt like the best fit of the schools that were recruiting me," said JUCO tight end/offensive tackle Kevin Galindo. "They have a great, up-and-coming program.

"It was basically down to SMU or Arkansas State. Those two schools had offered me, plus I had several offers on the table from 1-AA programs. Coach Odum came out and watched my last game of the season - versus San Mateo - and I'm not sure that he was there specifically see me at first, but I guess I caught his eye."

Galindo, who played tight end this season, reports that he's currently 6-foot-5 1/2, 270 pounds.

"SMU wants me as an offensive tackle," he said. "I think I'm at my best pass blocking, but we had the number one running back in California this year and so we ran the ball 50 times a game."

What was Galindo's reaction to his official visit to The Hilltop this weekend?

"It was really nice and classy," he said. "Everything was red brick and old school. The campus was very presentable and that's one thing that I really liked about it, along with the great academics. I'm thinking of studying Psychology as my major, but that's still on the table.

"The coaches were pretty excited when I committed. They told me that there will be great competition and that the best man will play. Coach (Adrian) Klemm is definitely one thing that I took into consideration (in making the decision to commit). He played in the NFL for six years and he's been around."

-Josh Harvey-

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