NCF On The Trail: Lem Galeai

Hours after Sports Illustrated released a report on Tuesday alleging that former Oklahoma State players received improper funding from coaches and boosters, ESPN 300 running back Devon Thomas (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) delivered welcome news to the Cowboys faithful.

“Pokes, ride or die,” Thomas said.

College football is in full effect, but high school football opened with a bang as well. From SportsCenter-worthy catches to conflicting reports about a Big 12 commit -- or decommit, depending on which side you believe -- the weekend is expected to provide a lot of enthusiasm and excitement.

Here’s a look at some of the Big 12 storylines:


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What’s the most critical position in the Big 12? It depends on who you talk to. In a conference that rides its offensive reputation, some coaches are hoping to land players that will help them score points, while others are looking for the prospects to prevent points.

As official visits become finalized and uncommitted players get closer to announcing their commitments, here is a look at some of the most critical positions in recruiting for the Big 12 teams.

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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.


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Three-star offensive guard Lem Galeai (Euless, Texas/Trinity) is set to play at the next level for Oklahoma State, according to multiple reports.

His other scholarship offer was from Baylor. Brigham Young and Iowa State also recruited the 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect.

The Cowboys have 15 verbals.
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.”

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