Galea'i impressed with TCU game experience
TCU improved to 2-0 last week with a convincing 30-7 win over B1G opponent Minnesota. Several top recruits were on hand to watch the big win including Euless Trinity defensive end Tipa Galea'i. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder was experiencing a TCU football game for the first time and by all accounts he really enjoyed his visit. “I loved it all; I loved the game, it was really fun to watch,” Galea'i said. “I loved the atmosphere; it was loud and exactly what I pictured college football to be about. And all of my friends that were there said it wasn’t even close to how loud it usually is. It was crazy. That was my first game.” As a defensive end, Galea'i paid close attention to the Frogs’ defensive front. TCU limited Minnesota’s strong rushing attack to just 99 yards on 39 carries. Galea'i was glad to finally see the Frogs’ unique defensive scheme in person. “I really liked it because I finally got to see a 4-2-5 defense; it’s a defense you don’t really see at the high school level,” he said. “It was really good to see the defensive linemen do what they do best which is getting in the backfield.” Galea’i already has a good familiarity with the Frogs’ program as one of his family members plays for the Frogs; offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai. “He’s a really close cousin,” he said. “He tells me they’re all about family and the most important thing is they’re all about education. Coach Patterson makes sure that you graduate and that’s what I really like.” As for an offer from TCU, Galea'i is patiently awaiting word from the TCU coaches. One of his coaches, former TCU safety Elvis Gallegos, also tells him to remain patient as the Frogs’ are very selective when it comes to offers. “One of my coaches is really close with their coaching staff because he’s a former player at TCU and he tells me that they are willing to offer me but at the same time they do take a while to offer,” he said. “He said they may offer depending on how I do.” To no surprise, Trinity is off to a 3-0 start to the 2014 season. Galea'i is enjoying a successful season as well as he’s played three different spots already. “I’m doing better than I thought I would be doing; I’m all over the field from what everybody is telling me,” he said. “I’ve got probably 10 tackles a game and right now I have two sacks. They have me at left and right end and some outside linebacker. I’d like to stay at quick end because I have my hand on the ground.” In addition to TCU, Galea'i is receiving strong interest from Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. He holds offers from Utah, Washington State, North Texas, Houston and Utah State. Arizona State is another program showing recent interest and Galea'i hopes to make it to Tempe for an official visit later this season. “I really want to go see Arizona State; they’ve shown some interest and I really want to look at them as well,” he said. He also plans another visit to TCU when they host the Oklahoma Sooners on October 4th.
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