It's always fun to see the big name recruits come out to the NIKE Camps and perform as well as their reputations. Even more fun for us however is when a player flying below the recruiting radar comes out, performs at a high level and then sees his stock take off as a result. That's exactly what is happening for Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic offensive lineman Dominic Galas.
It was a very solid group of offensive linemen at the NorCal NIKE Camp with very good depth. There may not have been that one top 100 player nationally that we have seen at past camps, but there were several high level Div I kids and no one performed better than Galas.
"I was very happy with the camp, honestly, things couldn't have gone any better for me," Galas said. "I did well in the one on ones and I think that's what kind of separated me from the other guys.
"I took a lot of reps but that's what you have to do. I came there to compete and I didn't want to sit back and watch everyone else go. I wanted to get out there and go up against the best guys and I think I did that."
Although measuring in at just 6-1, 266 pounds, Galas proved he's more than big enough to hang with the best of the best at Stanford. He's very strong, has quick feet and once he set himself, there was no one who could push him backward. He had the lateral mobility to mirror the lineman who tried to speed rush and the ones who tried to bull rush him had no chance.
With his size, we think Galas projects as a center and he's the kind of player with the talent and toughness that could end up being a three year starter for some program that will just give him a chance.
That is exactly what is happening as the linemen came in to the camp with an offer from Oregon State and picked up three more offers immediately following the event.
"I got a text message from Colorado as soon as the camp was over offering me a scholarship," Galas said. "Then Nevada and Boise State called and offered me that night.
"I also talked with Stanford and they invited me to their Junior Day on Sunday. Then they came by my school today to get my transcripts and said they were going to offer me if it looked like I could get in.
"I liked Stanford a lot. The coaches are cool and the facilities there are really nice. I'm supposes to hear back in the next day or two if I have an offer from them or not.
"Right now, I'm just excited about all this attention. It's what I hoped would happen for me. I took an unofficial visit to Oregon State two months ago and that's when they offered me. I like Oregon State a lot and loved my visit. They were on me early and I'm thankful for that but I'm going to stay open to everyone who wants to recruit me.
"My dad played for Cal and I'm very interested in them. I also like Nebraska a lot, growing up, they were kind of like my dream school. Michigan and UCLA are two others that I like a lot but like I said, whoever recruits me, I'm open to and I'm going to try and take as many unofficial visits as I can in order to see all these schools sometime in the summer.
"If I can make my decision at the end of the summer, I'll go ahead and do it. If not, I'll take my official visits and wait to commit until later in the year. I'm in no hurry and don't want to rush anything."