Yarnway Brings a Different Dimension

San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Dasarte Yarnway headlines the early list of Cal verbal commits. The "city" boy, as he refers himself to, acted as a host for the other five players also taking their official visit to Berkeley this past weekend. Yarnway enters a loaded backfield next year, but no one on the roster brings his dimension to the game…

Dasarte Yarnway (6-0, 220) has seen the Cal campus numerous times. He has taken numerous unofficial trips to Berkeley, and above all, he is from the city – San Francisco. There was nothing on his official visit that would surprise him per se. He spent part of the weekend as an honorary host for the five other players on their visit. However, he did get a chance to get to know the Golden Bear players a bit more.

"A lot of fun," is the way Yarnway described his official visit. "Jahvid [Best] and Shane [Vereen] were my hosts. I got to talk to Covaughn [DeBoskie]. Ernest Owusu and John Tyndall from Pacific Grove hung out with us too."

"The guys got a chance [to connect with me] – they know me – but I got a chance to joke around with the guys. I didn't get to do that during the season."

He says that was the main difference in comparison to his unofficial visits to Berkeley. Furthermore, it was Yarnway's first trip to Cal without being a high school football player.


Yarnway at Sacred Heart football practice back in August.

Without practice, Yarnways says, "I have nothing to do."

He will not play any spring sports after leading the Irish to the Central Coast Section Small School Division title. It was their first ever title and their first postseason appearance in 40 years. Yarnway ran for 230 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries in the 38-21 victory over Sacred Heart Prep of Atherton.

"A lot of the [Cal] coaches knew about the championship," said Yarnway. "It felt good that they recognized it."

Now, Yarnway will have six months of "free" time until he can take part in any voluntary Golden Bear workouts post graduation. "I want to be in the best physical shape [of my life]," he said.

"I asked [Runnin Back] Coach [Ron] Gould and Coach [Jeff] Tedford for advice for me [for working out over the time off]. They said, ‘Enjoy it.' Go to prom, do all that."

"As I watching the guys warming up and going through drills, I was getting anxious. The coaches were coming up and talking to me [but it wasn't needed]. I know what I want to do. I don't have to be sold. I'm coming to compete. I'm ready to get it done."

Yarnway will walk into a loaded situation at running back next season. Cal returns Heisman candidate Best and the ultra versatile Vereen. Not to mention, Tracey Slocum and 2008 four-star recruit DeBoskie. "It's a good stable of backs," said Yarnway.

"I plan on working hard with them, learning from them. I've talked to Coach Tedford – they know – talked about [me] bringing in a different dimension to the Cal offense, a banger, an in between the tackles back."

"Coach [Frank] Cig[netti], the offense he runs is great. [Cal] has nowhere to go but up. Coach Tedford has done an excellent job. The sky is the limit."

Yarnway plans to get his playbook soon after signing day. With able time, he plans to be a fixture during spring practice. "I plan to watch as much as I can," he said.

He is experienced beyond his years, none more evident than his defacto recruitment of Cerritos (Calif.) College defensive end Ryan Davis.

""I told him being a city boy [I could relate]. We talked about the Bay Area. I told him what he could accomplish [at Cal]. He got into some trouble [when he was younger]. [Cal] was a chance to get away from L.A."

Davis committed on Sunday, the final day of his official visit.


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