Friday, July 26, 2013
Brother's words key for new OSU commit
By Damon Sayles
Three-star offensive lineman Lem Galeai (Euless, Texas/Trinity) had an idea of where he wanted to play, but he wasn’t going to make a decision until a key member of his family was back in town.
Galeai’s older brother, Richard-Salanoa Afu Galeai, was on a mission in Tonga and returned home during the middle of last month. Before the Trinity offensive guard had serious talks about his recruiting, he wanted the opinion of his family -- particularly from his brother, who played college ball at Louisiana-Monroe.
When it was all said and done, Galeai decided his college talents were best suited for the Big 12 Conference. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound guard verbally committed to Oklahoma State on Monday and was commitment No. 15 for the Cowboys.
“He came back, and we all sat down as a family,” Galeai said of his brother, a 2009 Trinity graduate. “Basically, we talked about the education. I want to do something in engineering, and Oklahoma State had a big impact on that. It fit perfectly for me.
“It feels good to get it over with. I feel like a kid again. I don’t have to worry about big-boy stuff.”
Galeai chose Oklahoma State over offers from Baylor and Utah State. He also had interest from Iowa State and BYU.
Along with his family’s approval, Galeai said the Oklahoma State coaching staff was a major factor in his decision. Joe Wickline is considered one of the best offensive lineman coaches in college football, and Galeai said he’s excited about learning from Wickline.
“He’s just like my coach here [at Trinity],” Galeai said. “I know when I get there, I’ll be comfortable. Coach Wickline is real straightforward. I know I’ll get a chance to learn a lot from him.”
Galeai is ranked No. 48 among offensive guards nationally in the Class of 2014. He is the second offensive lineman to commit to the Cowboys, joining fellow three-star Texan Matthew Mucha (Houston/Clear Lake), an offensive tackle.