San Francisco RB Offered at ASU's Spring Game

Running back Dasarte Yarnway wasn't surprised that the Sun Devils offered him a scholarship during his visit to Tempe this past weekend. Yet, there was still much to impress the San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral standout during his trip. He may not be closer to a decision on his future college, but if does sign with ASU he already knows how he would fit in.

"They really have a lot of short scat backs that are quick and fast, and they said they could use a bigger back," said the 6-0 210 Dasarte Yarnway. "I can definitely help them there. They are also all about competing and that's definitely me right there. Nothing is ever just given to you. I trademark myself on work ethic."

Yarnway is being recruited Arizona State's running backs coach Jamie Christian, and the Northern California player is cherishing the good relationship they have already created. "He's a very nice guy, he's honest and straight forward," noted Yarnway. "So I had a good time just hanging out with him. It was my first time at Arizona State and really in (the state of) Arizona. It's a different atmosphere from a big metropolitan area, but it was felt like a home away from home. They treated me and my family great. Coach Erickson was really, really nice to us and left a great impression."

While the running back was impressed with the facilities and the campus, one aspect of his visit really had a strong effect on him. "Their willingness to get the job done," he said. "You can tell that their players are really passionate for the game."

Because of his proximity to the Cal campus, Yarnway had already visited the Golden Bears, who have also offered him a scholarship, a few times in recent weeks. Washington State is the third program that extended an offer, but the running back hadn't tripped to Pullman yet. This weekend he will venture to the Oregon Schools. "Washington is another school I plan to visit," he stated. "They told me to look in the mail everyday because the offer is coming."

Yarnway is enjoying the recruiting process and the opportunity to explore so many schools from near and afar that are showing interest in his services. He finds himself wondering if he should entertain the thoughts of playing on the east coast or remaining close to home in Pac-10 country. Yet, no mistake about it – his focus on his senior year is unwavering.

"May 5th 3:30 is spring ball and we're ready," he said with a smile. "Last season we were 6-4 and had our ups and owns. But this year we are returning like 33 players, we're gonna have a lot of experience and it will be a great season. I can't wait. Our league is one of the most competitive ones in the area. We play other private schools from San Jose, Sam Mateo and places like that."

As a running back for the Fightin' Irish, Yarnway collected 1,408 yards and 19 touchdowns on 175 carries his junior year. He was voted to the All-Metro and All-State Medium Schools team. "We had a young line, and I had some touchdowns called back because of penalties," he said. "I want to put up even better numbers my senior season to keep the flow going. But I also want to win state and have all our seniors leave school with a ring. A lot of those guys won't be able to play college football, so I want to help and give them good memories from high school."

Even though he was clocked at a 4.5, Yarnway desires to get faster by the time he gets to the college level "I'm an athletic player, but I know I can get better," he said. "We just had our testing today and I benched 310."

Yarnway stated that aside from the Stanford Nike combine in May, he currently has no plan to attend any other similar functions. He does want to keep his calendar open as he plans to take the SAT and ACT exams in the upcoming weeks. Nonetheless, he knows that some decisions concerning his recruiting will have to be made during this time frame.

"My first instinct is just to wait and see what my options are, but also know that I have to narrow it down soon," he explained. "I'm planning to make a short list of schools by June. I need to structure it so I know what official visits I'm gonna take. I do know that Arizona State will be a school I'm gonna officially visit. I gave the coaches my word on that."

Yarnway goes back and forth in his mind, between the desire to pledge to a college before the season starts so he can enjoy his senior campaign, and taking the time to enjoy the recruiting process that happens just once in a player's lifetime.

One thing however he does knows for certain: "When the right school comes, I'll be ready to commit."

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