If you're looking to add a consistent run-stopper to your defense, look no further than Chris Gallipo.
Rated the best linebacker to come out of California this year, Gallipo has the size to play at the collegiate level, and with a 4.6 40-time, the speed to also track down ball running backs from sideline to sideline.
At 6-2 and 230 pounds, Gallipo can step up into the hole and shed off blockers to make tackles. The First-Team All-State selection knows how to finish off plays with power, knocking ball carriers backwards on first contact.
In his final season at Anaheim's Servite, the four-year starter showed exactly why he's been so sought after, recording 160 tackles and three sacks while also scoring five touchdowns on offense for the Friars.
As a junior, the 2005 Serra League Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Orange County Register Defensive Player of the Year finished with a school record 161 tackles at inside linebacker.
CSTV recruiting analyst Tom Lemming says that Galippo's ability to pursue the ball along with his quick and strong hands will make him a playmaker at the next level.
The MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and ranked No. 6 in Lemming's Class of 2007, Gallipo is another high-end recruit headed to national contender USC, where he could play a pivotal role in Pete Carroll's top-ranked defense right away.
He plays the game on his feet and is very strong at the point of attack. He knocks ball carriers backwards on contact and shows quick and strong hands, which allows him to play off blocks and he is a sure tackler. On film he takes excellent pursuit angles and redirects quickly. He always seems to be around the ball and is a playmaker.