Undersized OL Looking Big

If you're looking for an undersized underdog to root for, you might find your guy in the 2008 class as offensive line prospect Dominic Galas from Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic. Galas is 6-1 and 266 pounds, but he's done so well this spring the Pac-10 is showing serious interest...

Despite lacking the ideal size of an inside lineman, Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic center Dominic Galas (6-1, 266) makes up for it with his strength and his ability to play the position.

"My height has been what schools have been hesitant about but the Nike Camp, I think that opened up some eyes that I can play," said Galas. "I kind of knew that I could do that, it wasn't something that wasn't attainable. I felt that the height was the hold-up, but I think I proved something."

Galas was named the MVP from the offensive line and his performance that day has attracted attention from several schools. "I had some offers going into it, but since then, schools have really started talking to me a lot more," said Galas.

Boise State, Colorado State, Oregon State, UNLV and Nevada have all offered Galas a scholarship, all as a center, and he said that the three in-state programs have begun to pick up their interest in him.

"Cal has been talking to me a little bit more and I'm going to UCLA and USC this weekend for their camps and hopefully they'll offer me something," said Galas. "I know they are both interested."

The Bears have long had a place in Galas' heart, his father having played there. "I don't really have any favoritism towards Cal in recruiting, but I definitely like them," said Galas. "I went to their games every Saturday for as long as I can remember, but now, I'm looking at other schools, too. But if they offered, that would definitely have an impact."

Galas said that for now, Oregon State is his leader. "Oregon State offered me before the Nike Camp so that was awesome, and I loved what I heard from them," said Galas.

Galas said he plans to take several unofficial trips this summer and he's keeping his options open on when he wants to commit. "I'm taking a lot of unofficial trips this summer, but I'm not sure when I'll decide," said Galas. "I want to find the schools that I could see myself going to before I choose."

An accomplished wrestler, Galas is hoping to be able to do that in college, and a few of the schools looking at him have wrestling programs. "I did pretty good this season and I'm hoping to pursue that in college because I enjoy doing it," said Galas.

Galas said he expects to grow another inch and get to 270-280 by the time he enrolls in college.

He was an all-state underclass choice on the offensive side of the ball, helping Central Catholic to the Sac-Joaquin Section title. Galas had 44 tackles on the defensive side of the ball, including 2.5 sacks.

Academically, Galas has a 3.3 GPA and scored a 1330 on the SAT.


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