Offensive lineman Lem Galeai (Euless, Texas/Trinity) has two favorites, and a decision might be looming -- but not before a key member of his family is with him.
Galeai, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound guard, said Oklahoma State and Baylor are neck and neck in his recruiting race. Both schools -- and any other potential darkhorses -- will have to wait until at least mid-June. Galeai said one person in particular has to be in attendance.
“I may do it after my brother comes home,” Galeai said, referring to his older brother Richard-Salanoa Afu Galeai. “He’s on a mission in Tonga, and he comes home on June 17.”
Galeai’s brother is a 2009 Trinity graduate who was a deep snapper at Louisiana-Monroe. Whether or not Galeai decides once his brother immediately gets home is still up in the air.
Galeai said both Oklahoma State and Baylor have great qualities. He’s a fan of both Oklahoma State’s Joe Wickline and Baylor’s Randy Clements, two of the top offensive line coaches in the Big 12.
“Oklahoma State is one of my main priorities,” Galeai said. “It’s a good school. It’s away, but it’s still close to home. Baylor is a nice school with good facilities. It’s very close to home. They’re my favorites right now.”
Galeai was a first-team all-district selection and helped Trinity advance three rounds to the Texas Class 5A Division I playoffs. He was a part of an offensive line that helped produce nearly 3,400 rushing yards. The Trojans averaged better than 260 rushing yards per game.
Galeai said while both schools are on top for now, there’s still room for a team or two to sneak in as a favorite. He’s received interest from BYU, Iowa State and Stony Brook.
“It’s all going to come down to how good a program is and how much they focus on my degree,” Galeai said. “I want to major on biomedical biology. But before I go, I want to try to leave a legacy for the younger kids here. I want to make sure they’re enjoying the ride as much as I have.”