RB Dwight Tardy a Longshot Cougar Candidate?

After a monster sophomore season and an injury-plagued junior year, a California recruit hearing from BYU and other Pac-10 schools is lighting it up again.

Dwight Tardy, a 5-11, 200 pound running back from St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns two weeks ago. He is currently hearing from Washington State, Washington, UCLA, BYU and UTEP.

"Washington State and Washington are close to offering," Tardy noted. "They just want to see a little more film. I like all five of those schools. I'm just waiting to see who I get offers from."

As a sophomore, he rushed for over 1700 yards and 18 touchdowns on his way to being named All-League and all-CIF. The injury bug bit him during his junior year and he was slowed by a broken toe and ankle. Despite that, Tardy was still named All-League and All-CIF at St. Paul, a 3A school.

Tardy described his style of play as a power back in the first half and a scatback in the second half. "I get progressively stronger and faster with each carry" he said. "I'm just excited to be healthy again this year and be able to run the ball."

He also plays strong safety on defense, but prefers running back. He said he had no idea how BYU heard about him, but would be excited to get a scholarship offer from them. For now, he is planning on visiting Washington State in early December.

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