Frogs Snag Galea'i
TCU’s impressive 2015 class added another important piece on Wednesday as Euless (TX) Trinity defensive end Tipa Galea'i gave his commitment to the Frogs. With his commitment, the Frogs now have 22 prospects committed to them for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder actually had his mind made up following an official visit to TCU last weekend. However, he wanted to discuss everything with his dad before making the news official. On Wednesday night, Galea’i made the call to the TCU coaching staff to give them the news. “They were quiet for a second and Coach Perry was telling me they were hyped up and going crazy,” he said of the coaches’ reactions. “It made me feel good.” Galea’i admitted that he had his mind made up once he arrived to his hotel last week during his official visit to TCU. Following a tour of the campus, watching practice and eating at nearly every turn, the big defensive end knew he made the right decision. “Right when I set my official visit and they showed me my room I was already excited and knew it was the school for me,” he said. “We did the tour, saw the practice and ate and the quickest way to my heart is my stomach. I loved it all.” Currently rated as the nation’s No. 98 defensive end prospect, Galea’I had been on the Frogs’ radar since the summer. The coaching staff maintained that interest the entire process while Galea’I was helping his team to a successful season. It was after his impressive performance against Plano West that he received the coveted offer from the Frogs. Galea’I said the attention and his relationship with the TCU coaches factored into his decision. “It started in the summer when I went to their camp and I remember Coach Perry telling me that it was good seeing me and all of the coaches came up to me and showed that they were really interested,” he said. “It made me feel like these guys really do care about me. I saw it all on my trip; it was all family oriented and fun and games. But, when it’s about business it’s about business. That’s how I am; I am all about family and my relationship was strong with the coaches. It felt just like home.” The commitment to TCU also made his family happy; especially with TCU’s proximity to Euless. “They loved it, but they told me I better not be home every weekend,” he said laughing. “They love the fact they can come down on a weekend and watch the games and it’s not a hassle to travel; it will be really easy.” The news also made his cousin, TCU offensive lineman Halapoulivaati Vaitai, very happy about his decision. “Big V told me he was 3-1 with his recruits every time he hosts and he said if I commit he’d be 4-1 and I told him don’t worry, he was going to be 4-1 pretty soon,” Galea’i said. “He was pumped up.” TCU has had great success on defense since joining the Big 12, finishing no worse than second in total defense for three years. As an explosive player off the edge, Galea’i says TCU’s scheme on defense fits perfectly with his strengths. “I love their defensive scheme, it’s a lot like ours which is a great thing for me,” he said. “I talked with Coach Bumpas and Coach Patterson and they told me I was the guy they wanted. To say that to me meant a lot. The way they run their blitzes and their plays are the kinds of plays I love doing. It’s really a good defensive scheme the way they run it. It will be very comfortable for me to run that defense.” Galea’i chose TCU over offers from Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest among others.
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