RB's recruitment ever changing

Ryan Bass may play his prep football in California, but he's considering schools all over the country. The Corona, CA running back has a long list of schools, but things are starting to take shape.

Although he claims to be "open to all schools" the nation's 29th best running back is already starting to shape his list. He has taken a few unofficials and has tentatively set up a few officials. As of now Mississippi, Iowa State and Minnesota will all be receiving visits.

The Gophers and ASU have long been his leaders, and that has not completely changed. Arizona is also in the mix, and he has said he'd like to make an official visit, but he also wants to check out the Sun Devils and Michigan State. Obviously, if he takes all three visits he has set up now, he can only make two more official visits, leaving one team out of luck.

At one point the Wildcats were in the top three, but Bass is taking a wait and see approach with the new spread offense. Although he gets along very well with Darrell Wyatt, the Wildcat coach who recruits his area, he wants to get a better feel for exactly what the running backs' role is in the offense.

"They (Arizona) are one of my top schools," Bass said. "I talk to the coaches a lot. They have cool coaches and I can't wait to meet them."

"They have a really good future," Bass added. "They are on the right track."

Bass' high school is currently running a version of the spread offense and he feels that the scheme has both bad and good points. Wherever he goes he wants to make sure that the running back is utilized as a runner, not just a pass receiver.

The other schools he is considering all offer different things. Minnesota is selling their recent track record of NFL backs and a new offense. ASU is selling Dennis Erickson's success in producing running backs, while Ole Miss should have immediate playing time. Michigan State, like Minnesota to an extent, is selling the Big Ten style of running the football.

His Centennial teammate Matt Scott has already verbally committed to the Wildcats. Scott is willing to tout the Cats, but according to Bass he's not pushing them on him.

Right now it appears as if Bass is one of the Cats' top, if not the top, running back left in the class. While they are clearly in the hunt, they seem to have a little bit of work to do. The good news is that Bass seems intent on waiting to make his decision, stating that he wants to choose a school in February, and setting one of his visits in December.

Another positive is that Bass is altering what he is looking for in a school every so slightly from week to week. Just a few weeks ago ASU and Minnesota were the clear favorites, and before that he was all but certain that he was staying on the West Coast. Needless to say a lot can happen between now and when he finally pulls the trigger.


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