E.J. Galvez plays with a mean streak and some serious intensity and to be successful at his size it's almost necessary to be that way. The La Mirada, Calif. lineman is 6 feet 2 but played around 230 pounds last season and rarely got pushed around.
Galvez, who said he's hearing from Nevada, BYU, Boise State, Colorado and UNLV, is up to about 255 pounds and he told La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti he'd like to hit 275 before his senior season starts.
"To me it really didn't matter because in high school it's who wants it the most," Galvez said. "I wanted it more than anybody. I know I'm strong because I worked out in the summer and my workout habits are really good.
"I never quit a rep, if I don't do it I'll come back and do it again because I know in the weight room is where it starts. Even though I'm not 270, 280, I can move and hit you. It was tough for me last season because I wasn't heavier but now the strength I've gained this year should be much better for me."
On a team that features Isaac Luatua and Bryan Peters, two top-notch offensive linemen with big-time Division I offers, it was Galvez who was the offensive line MVP in La Mirada's league. Moschetti said he loves Galvez's intensity and that he can contribute on either side of the ball.
"Galvez is a madman and he was the offensive line MVP of our league and we had Bryan Peters and Isaac Luatua," Moschetti said. "He'll be a perfect D1 center or a one-technique defensive lineman.
"His goal is he wants to get to 275 by August. It's going to be tough but it will make him a different player. He has the best get-off, he just finishes plays. That's something Isaac and Bryan have stressed this off-season and will focus on next season is finishing plays. He has the best get-off of the three."
Galvez, who attended the National Underclassmen Combine in Los Angeles last weekend, might be close to an offer from Nevada. Its coaching staff has been in close contact and something could happen soon.
Of the schools that are involved, Galvez said he likes Boise State the most but is open to every program - he seems to like any school that's willing to give him a chance. The Broncos do stand out at this point though.
"I like Boise because they win a lot of games," Galvez said. "I know their conference is not the biggest but they win games. That's what I always dreamed of, I want to win championships. I always want to go out there and dominate."