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Only Michael Galati Days Until USF Football

This Manatee High School product has done well enough this spring to challenge Cameron Ruff at center.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

# 68 Offensive Guard/Center Michael Galati
Redshirt Freshman, 6'3" 286 lbs.

Stats in 2014: Galati was redshirted in 2014.

Spot on Spring Depth Chart: Michael is listed as the backup center under Cameron Ruff.

How he came to USF: Galati went to Manatee High School, which has as many ties to USF as WKU does. Willie Taggart and Ron Dugans attended MHS, and the head football coach was Joe Kinnan until he recently retired and then joined the USF staff. Derrick Calloway also went to MHS. Galati was also offered by FIU and Presbyterian College (an FCS school in South Carolina) but chose the much better option of coming to USF.

Recruiting Rankings: Galati had three stars from 247 and ESPN and two stars from rivals.

Projected Playing Time: The quest for a new center in the absence of Austin Reiter is an important one. Neither Ruff nor Galati have much experience in the position, and they got pretty equal time at center this spring. Apparently Ruff has the edge, but Galati will try to impress in fall camp and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets the starting job. If he doesn't, he'll have a shot at starting guard in 2016, when Djulbegovic, Jozwiak and Gudmundsson are all gone.

Fun Fact: Galati's father and two of his uncles also played offensive line for Manatee High School.

Highlights: Here you can see Galati doing some great first- and second-level blocking and pancaking a few guys in high school.