BRADENTON -- Michael Galati didn't necessarily plan on making a college commitment prior to the start of the 2013-14 school year.
But he is happy it worked out that way.
Manatee's rising senior offensive lineman has committed to USF, choosing the Bulls over FIU.
"It's good to have it done," said Galati, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound guard and tackle. "I don't have to worry about it -- just play."
It was the Golden Panthers who made Galati an offer first.
"I was definitely thinking of them. But then I got the offer from USF, and I was really excited," Galati said.
Galati, who also received an offer from Presbyterian College, liked what he saw at USF's camp.
"That's what really sold me," he said. "Then we met all the coaches and toured Raymond James Stadium. And it's only an hour away."
Galati is the second Hurricane to commit to USF since Manatee alum Willie Taggart became the Bulls' head coach in December. Defensive lineman Derrick Calloway signed with USF last February.
"We've talked about Manatee plenty of times," Galati said of his interactions with Taggart. "Him being from Manatee, he knows what kind of things we can do. He definitely gets excited when talking about it."
And Galati is excited to play at Raymond James Stadium, occasionally viewed as a recruiting deterrent becuase the Bulls play their games off campus.
"It's not that far from campus," said Galati, adding the Bulls plan to use him at guard and center. "It's great, the scenery and everything. And we got to tour inside the pirate ship. It was really exciting."