Manatee lineman Galati commits to Taggart, Bulls
USF coach Willie Taggart has picked up a commitment from his alma mater, as Mike Galati, a versatile offensive lineman from Bradenton Manatee, committed to the Bulls on Thursday night, just five days after getting an offer from his top school.
"It's very exciting -- this was a big decision to make," Galati said. "The campus is great, it's an hour away, which is great, and the coaches are awesome. I get to play at Raymond James Stadium, and I've been going to Bucs games since I was a kid."
Galati, 6 foot 2 and 285 pounds, attended USF's "Saturday Night Live" recruiting event this summer and had hoped to get an offer from the Bulls. His only other offers were Florida International and Presbyterian, but said his commitment won't change even if other schools come in with offers.
"Mike has told me all along that South Florida was his first choice, period," Manatee coach Joe Kinnan said. "He has a lot of extended family, and it's a perfect fit -- they can all come and see him play."
Galati has played everywhere on Manatee's offensive line -- played tight end as a sophomore, right guard and center as a junior and will be the Hurricanes' left tackle this fall, though he expects to be a guard or center for the Bulls. Galati was out offshore fishing on Saturday -- the family business is selling yachts -- and was thrilled to come home to news that USF assistant Raymond Woodie had relayed the offer to Manatee assistant Chris Conboy.
Galati would be USF's second addition from Manatee in as many years -- the Bulls signed defensive tackle Derrick Calloway in February, and he'll challenge for playing time as a true freshman this fall.