Galippo Goes With His Heart

Everyone knows how the story starts, a young kid dreams of one day playing for the school he grew up admiring. That is exactly how the story ended when 5 star junior linebacker Chris Galippo of Servite High School decided to end his recruitment before it really had a chance to begin. Galippo verbally committed to USC on Wednesday, and is very excited about his future.

Galippo is one of a few players on the talented Servite High School football team who will one day play football at the Division I level. Although Galippo gave Coach Carroll and staff his verbal commitment on Wednesday, he had always known that USC was where he wanted to be.

"I mean I always knew in my heart that I was going to commit early, it was really just a matter of timing. I've always had love for USC and they were always my favorite school. I mean this is the biggest honor ever."

Galippo commited to Pete Carroll and staff over the phone, and could not be happier with his choice.

"On Tuesday after school, I got an announcment to go to the coaching office. Coach Thomas had told me that Coach Carroll had called and wanted me to call back. So I called my parents and those important to me about making a decision and I went with my heart. I talked to him for a little while, and then he told me he was offering me, and I told him I wanted to be a Trojan. And I mean, he was ecstatic. And those linebacker coaches are going to be a privelige to work with. When I made the call I was pretty nervous, but once I heard Coach Carroll's voice, I knew it was right."

Galippo was wide open in his recruitment, but admits that he had seen more of three schools in particular.

"I was pretty much wide open, and I was getting mail from every school in the nation. It just happened that USC, UCLA, and Notre Dame recruited me the hardest."

When asked what set USC apart from the other schools he was considering, he responded.

"I mean I had been to South Bend and UCLA a few times, but it really is night and day when it comes to USC and those schools. I'm just thankful that God gave me the ability to make this happen."

One of the main factors in Galippo committing early was focusing on his senior season at Servite.

"From now on I can really focus on my grades, getting faster and stronger, and my senior season in general. I want to lead my team to a CIF Championship. I mean, we played in the semi-finals, and just missed a beat. I just want to focus on being more of a leader for my teammates. I really just want to get fast and work really hard."

Galippo is rated as a 5 star linebacker by Scout.com, and feels there are a few things that set him apart from the rest of the pack.

"I think my strongest point is my ability to go sideline to sideline. I get compared a lot to Brian Urlacher and A.J. Hawk of Ohio State. My ultimate skill is my quickness to avoid and come through blocks."

Not only does Galippo have all the physical tools to be successful, but he showed that he can translate it all on the field during an incredible junior campaign which saw him rack up 161 total tackles and 3 sacks. On the offensive side of the ball, Galippo had 22 catches for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Galippo has also been an important factor in special teams, blocking four punts and two field goals.

Galippo is not the only name Trojan fans should become familiar with in the near future.

"We got D.J. Shoemate and Matt Kalil, and they are going to be good ones. I think we got a little package coming. I got some of those Corona boys coming with me. Shoemate, I mean he's the next Reggie Bush, I swear man. I mean he had 24 total touchdowns this year. And he played d-end in the last four games and he had 8 sacks, and tore Poly up. I definitely think he's going to be the top recruit in the class of 2008. And Matt Kalil is a beast, and he's still growing. He's really good as well."

The Trojans continue on their path of unrivaled recruiting, and Chris Galippo shows why that might continue on for years to come.


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