USC gets first verbal for Class of 2007

The Trojans not only pulled in the top ranked recruiting class for 2006 on Wednesday but they also received their first verbal commitment for the Class of 2007 when Servite LB Chris Galippo announced that he will be a Trojan. Click below for more.

Galippo (6-3, 230) was expected to be one of the top recruits in the nation next season after notching over 14 tackles per game for the Friars and being named Defensive MVP of the always tough Serra League. He received the scholarship offer from the Trojans earlier this week and was quick to accept.

"He committed and is really excited about it," Patty Galippo said. "It's awesome. Now he can focus on his senior season and not have to worry about any distractions."

Chris chose USC over Notre Dame and UCLA. His coach Troy Thomas talks about what kind of player Trojan fans can expect to see:

"What most guys say is that he's big and fast, but the thing that separates him from most guys that are getting recruited at the Division I level is that he has a very strong character," coach Thomas said of his standout linebacker in an earlier interview with "He's a really hard worker. He gets great grades and he's very well respected in our community. Obviously he's respected on the field because of what he does, but he's a well-respected guy off of the field, and I think that's what going to separate him at the next level."

"He's a strong guy, a fast guy that can hit people," Thomas continued. "He came in to our school with a lot of hype behind him. People thought he'd come in and do special things, and he has, but treats the young guys with a lot of respect and he wants them to be as successful as he is. He has a lot of respect for the ninth and tenth graders. He's willing to take younger guys under his wing and so many younger guys look up to him.

"He doesn't want it to be Chris Galippo's defense. He wants it to be Servite's defense. He does the same things for the school. He's just a fun guy to be around. A lot of people are drawn to him. He's very enthusiastic about everything about our school, not just about football. He's a well-rounded guy."

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