Chat with Tom Luginbill
Luginbill will be joined by Chris Galippo, ESPN.com's top-rated defensive player in the Class of 2007. Chris, from Servite High in Anaheim, Calif., has verbally committed to USC.
Send in your questions now and stop by at 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday to join the chat!
Buzzmaster (2:56 PM)
We're getting Chris right now. Keep sending in those questions!
Tom Luginbill (2:58 PM)
Thanks for joining me this week. Before I take your questions - we have a special guest - ILB Chris Galippo will take some of your questions,
Tom Luginbill (2:58 PM)
Lets get started!
What do you think is going to be the biggest transition for you heading into college? Do you plan on playing as a freshman?
Chris Galippo (3:00 PM)
The biggest transition will be in them choosing a position for me and the speed of the game. How physical all the guys are. Every guy on the team is fast and big. I think I'll adapt pretty well. I'm open to playing as a freshman. Whatever the coaches want me to do, I'm open to.
Hey Chris, just wondering if the depth at LB at USC intimidates you at all? Good luck, fight on?
Chris Galippo (3:00 PM)
Depth definitely does not. The one thing about USC, which is why I think they're on top, they look so highly on the fact that guys have to compete for the jobs. They play the best guy whether he's a freshman or a senior. If not, then I'll sit and learn.
Chris - Are your parents concerned with all of the negative publicity we've been reading about USC in the news recently? Does this have an impact on your decision?
Chris Galippo (3:01 PM)
I'd say not at all. It does to a point. I'm only a junior in high school, so I have a year. I'm sure everything will be fine. I'm still firm in my committment.
Paul, San Fran
What do you feel are the strengths of your game? your weaknesses?
Chris Galippo (3:03 PM)
I think my strengths are my instinctiveness in my game. To step up and stop the run and then get make and make some plays. Also, my reading abilities. I think I have a pretty good football IQ. Some of my weaknesses are my pass-coverage abilities, because in college they throw the football a lot more in more complex routes. It will take a lot more film study.
Chris, San Diego
What linebackers pro or in college do you look up to and follow? Who would you compare your game to?
Chris Galippo (3:04 PM)
My favorite player has been A.J. Hawk. I think I play a lot like him. He uses his hands and is a good tackler. Maybe like a Brian Urlacher type guy.
Travis ( Indianapolis, IN)
You have stated that you have a strong commitment to USC, but have left to door open for others to continue to talk with you. Does this mean that you have continued to leave the door open for other programs?
Chris Galippo (3:05 PM)
Basically for anyone who's asked, for example Coach Weis from Notre Dame and others, and have asked if they can continue to recruit me. I'm firm in my committment, but anything can happen and I still want to have my options open. They've asked me for my permission and I've given them my go-ahead. It doesn't bother me at all.
Chris, wondering if you were working on recruiting other top players to SC? Fight on!!!!
Chris Galippo (3:07 PM)
Definitely. In fact, I just called a few guys last night. It's definitely a top priority for me. If I want to be a top LB, I need to have some good players around me. I try to pick the guys out and have coaches help me. I call some guys up and we just talk about things. Last night I called Donovan Warren from LB Poly and some other guys.
Chris, how important in your decision was having USC be near your hometown?
Chris Galippo (3:07 PM)
I think it was definitely a deciding factor. One of my main priorities was the fact that I would be able to share the experience with family and friends. It's definitely a big reason I stayed in California.
Chris, what were the top things you were looking at when considering a school?
Chris Galippo (3:09 PM)
Definitely, the location was big. The fact that if you're looking to play professional football right now, USC is the place to go. The coaches and the experience they have. What better people to learn from than that. I've just kind of been around the university a lot. It's the place I've wanted to go my whole life.
Chris, the Pac-10 sometimes gets ripped as a weaker BCS conference. What are your thoughts on that? How do you feel about playing the Pac-10?
Chris Galippo (3:10 PM)
Look at the national championship game two years ago and USC played Oklahoma. Same thing with Texas - they played strong. The Pac-10 is a strong conference. I wouldn't consider them a weak conference at all.
Chris, when does your offseason workouts begin? Do you take any time off when the season ends, or do you jump right into the offseason workouts?
Chris Galippo (3:11 PM)
The Monday after we lost in the semifinals, we were back in the weight room. In our eyes, we missed just one beat. We're working just as hard. There really hasn't been an offseason. We're always keeping fresh in our football skills. As far as working out and staying in shape, it's definitely a year-round thing.
Hey Chris, was wondering how you were so sure to committ so early to the trojans? We love you. Fight On.
Chris Galippo (3:12 PM)
A lot of people have had that question because I committed so early. They wondered if I had enough time to analyze it. I really know the campus. It's not like they offered and I didn't know anything about it. It was the best situation in my mind.
Buzzmaster (3:14 PM)
Our thanks to Chris. Tom will be taking it from here.
Tom Luginbill (3:15 PM)
Thanks to Chris for stopping by. He did a great job and was real candid with us. We wish him the best of luck in his senior year.
David (Maryville, TN)
After a dissapointing 2005 season and 2006 recruiting class, how does Tennessee look for 2007?
Tom Luginbill (3:18 PM)
Tennessee will be just fine. If they can land in state athlete Harrison Smith, it could be solid. WR Todd Campbell has a real cahnce to be special. Right now 4 or their 5 commits are from Tennessee. Watch for them to have a great shot at Colorado QB prospect Clint Brewster.
Ken (Durham, NC)
Tom, I was wondering if you could give me some good news about my tarheels? Do you think they can improve on their 5-6 record with some new recruits they may have gotten?? I really want to see them good again like before Mack Brown left the Tarheels and Went to Texas.
Tom Luginbill (3:21 PM)
Well QB Mike Paulus is a huge coup. They have not been able to get a recruit of his caliber since Bunting arrived. Seems like they are really grinding on the recruting trail, and if they win this year, NC's patience with Bunting will have paid off. I really like OLB Jonathan Smith out of Hillside. If they can land his teammate Greg Little, watch out. Last year's class was solid and on the right track. NC as a whole is very strong this years for in-state recruits.
Tom, what does the comittment from Oglesby mean to the Badgers? Do you think they are the front runners for Clay as well?
Tom Luginbill (3:24 PM)
We really like Oglesby. The Badgers are famous for finding tough guys who just know how to play the game. He is a huge kid. 6'7 320, big upside as a left tackle. Still needs to develop, is a little raw.
Jonathan (New Orleans, LA)
OK, you have to make a decision. Where does Joe McKnight end up???
Tom Luginbill (3:25 PM)
Not sure yet, spoke with his coach JT Curtis a while back, and he said McKnight is open and wants to explore his options and make a wise decision. He is in no hurry. I think he is one of the most versatile athletes in the entire south. Gamebreaker type.
Paul (Lakeland, FL)
I'm going to keep asking until I get somewhat of an answer on this: The boston papers don't cover the recruiting so any word on how the BC football program has been doing so far?
Tom Luginbill (3:29 PM)
BC is not a program who is going to land a ton of early commitments. They have four verbals rihgt now including kicker Billy Bennett from my alma mater Torrey Pines HS in San Diego. Thought I'd throw that in there! This is a team that needs to start recruiting down south if they want to compete on the field with the rest of the ACC. There just isn't enough upper echelon players in the northeast.
Ryan (LA, CA)
How is Dorrell doing over at UCLA? He brought it in a decent class this year, so what is next looking like? Also, should he be doing better considering he is in L.A., plays in the Rose Bowl, and won 10 games last year?
Tom Luginbill (3:32 PM)
Right now, I believe they have a verbal from the most underrated QB in the country, Chris Forcier out of San Diego St. Augustine. This kid is a playmaker, big arm, live legs and great composure. I also like RB Raymond Carter a bunch too. Last year's success on the field is making a dent. The Bruins are on the right track. They had better get some help on defense in this class. They have 5 total commits right now, 2 on defense.
I noticed that Kerry Neal has been recently evaluated at at 88, higher than several highly touted prospects. Why was he so under the radar when he committed to the Irish?
Tom Luginbill (3:35 PM)
Probably because it was so early. This kid is a holy terror of the edge. He could play multiple positions and is a phenomenal athlete. If you take a look at things, most of the highly touted guys have not yet committed.
why does Noel Divine have so few offers?
Tom Luginbill (3:35 PM)
He has plenty of offers, but there may be a lot of schools waiting to see how he progresses academically.
Who is doing the best recruiting job in the Big East since the realignment?
Tom Luginbill (3:37 PM)
Right now I would have to say Pitt, Louisville and West Virginia. Keep an eye out for South Florida and Rutgers.
whats your take on the commitment of WR duval kamura to ND?
Tom Luginbill (3:39 PM)
I love it. With the departure of Stovall and with McKnight and the Shark departing after this year, it is the perfect fit for both parties. He is a monster of an athlete with huge upside. He doesn't even know how good he could be yet. Needs polish, but what a big red-zone threat.
Who is the biggest impact player Virginia Tech is currently seeking, and do they have any early committments coming in?
Tom Luginbill (3:43 PM)
This is what I love about VT. They don't necessarily go after the "impact" player who is getting a lot of attention. yet they have a top 10 program. Just goes to show you how many good players are out there and most people have never heard of. This is a better question to answer in the fall. They have no commits right now. They will have a strong influence in the state, and if they could land QB Tyrod Taylor, it would be huge.
Tom Luginbill (3:44 PM)
Gotta go guys, thanks for all the questions and thanks to Chris as well for coming on with us. Craig will be here next week. Have a great weekend!!