6'2, 235 lbs.
Servite H.S., Anaheim (CA.)
TYPE OF PLAYER: Galippo defines the term football player. He plays the game with great instincts and knowledge. Galippo combines great football IQ with a solid frame and surprising athleticism for someone his size.
WHAT WE LIKE: There are plenty of things to love about this kid, aside from the fact he will sport the Cardinal & Gold in 2007. Galippo plays the game with knowledge and maturity beyond his years.
One of Galippo's strongest points is his ability to slow the play down as it is happening. He does a very good job of reading whether what is in front of him, and is always in a spot to make a play. Galippo does a very good job of keeping separation between himself and the offensive player attempting to block him, allowing him to shed the block quickly and make a play.
When you think of a 6'2, 235 lb. linebacker, athleticism isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But that is exactly where he can deceive you. Not only is Galippo a standout on defense, but he also starts in the slot at receiver for Servite. Now don't get me wrong, he is not the next Dwayne Jarrett or Steve Smith. But Galippo proves that he has the athleticism to go with his off the charts football IQ.
Now it is not very often that the Trojans receive an early commitment, but Galippo was a huge pick up. It has been stated that the Trojans will only take two linebackers in the 2007 class, and I can't think of a better way to get the ball rolling.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: It is obvious that Galippo is one heck of a player. But there is a very large gap between high school football and the rigors of Division I college football. The middle linebacker position is the general of the field, acting as the quarterback for his defensive unit. So it goes without saying that while Galippo does have a great understanding of the game, he will have to continue to learn before he plans on making an impact at Troy.
REMINDS US OF: After watching film on Galippo, there are two names that immediately come to mind, Lofa Tatupu and Matt Grootegoed. Both Tatupu and Grootegoed relied heavily on their knowledge of the game, as opposed to off the charts combine numbers. Galippo follows in a line of great linebackers to come through Troy.
DID YOU KNOW: Galippo is not the only Division I prospect on the Servite H.S. team, yet he is one of several prospects who one day could land at SC. Servite also boast top notch players in D.J. Shoemate and Matt Kalil. Kalil's name should ring bell's to Trojan fans, he is the younger brother of starting center and pre-season All-American candidate Ryan Kalil.
GALIPPO SAYS: "I mean I always knew in my heart I was going to commit early, it was really just a matter of timing. I've always had love for USC, and they've always been my favorite school. I mean this is the biggest honor ever."