On a day featuring six of the top teams in California, the best lineman we saw on either side of the ball was Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic's Dominic Galas.
This past Saturday at the Home Depot Center, the State Div I, II and III championships took place as Central Catholic representing the north took on SoCal power Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. The Seraphs pulled away in the 4th quarter to win 35-21 but Galas was a monster on both sides of the ball.
The Oregon State commit is as good a center prospect as we've seen out of the Golden State in a few years. At 6-1, 270 pounds, Galas is so strong, plays with leverage and was moving St. Bonny defensive lineman around all game long.
At the next level, we see Galas being the kind of a player who could be a three year starter and good enough to earn multiple All-Pac 10 honors. He has every tool you could want including excellent feet, balance and toughness.
He's good enough to take on a nose guard or defensive tackle by himself without needing a double team and plays with an incredible amount of intensity as well. He's almost as impressive on the defensive line getting a great push up the midding and drawing constant double and sometime even triple teams along the line.
"I really thought we were going to pull it out in the end," Galas said. "The game was tied and then all of a sudden, we're down 14 just like that. Our line was dominant up front and Louis (Bland) was running great. I think we were in great shape and all of a sudden, the game just got away from us."
Despite the loss, Beaver fans should be very excited about the prospect of seeing Galas anchoring the offensive line in the coming years. He's a special talent and should be a cinch to earn all-state honors following a great senior season.