West Recruiting Notebook

Cal gets a big boost to their recruiting class, getting the Bay Area's top prospect, while another Bay Area native commits to Oregon and Utah's top tight end will stay in-state and play for BYU, just a few of the moves out West this past week...

Dasarte Yarnway

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Dasarte Yarnway, one of the top five running backs in the West, made his college choice on Tuesday.

"I committed to Cal today," said Yarnway, doing so in low-key fashion befitting his nature.

The top prospect in all of Northern California, Yarnway was heavily recruited by most of the Pac-10 and other Western schools.

But in the week's leading up to his decision, Yarnway had whittled his list down to Cal, Oregon, Arizona State, Washington and UCLA.

It came down to the Ducks and Bears, and in the end, there were too many factors in Cal's favor to help the Bears earn his commitment.

"I was able to see a lot of different schools and Cal was a perfect fit," said Yarnway. "With my family situation, my father's passing and my five sisters, two of which are single parents, I feel that getting a degree from Cal and succeeding athletically would be great for everyone."

In Yarnway, the Bears have one of the best backfield packages of commits with Yarnway and quarterback Allan Bridgford, both prospects being in the top three at their position in the West.

The Cal coaches also made a big impression on Yarnway.

"I got the chance to create a great relationship with the coaches," said Yarnway.

Richard Wilson
BYU's already stellar recruiting class got even better when Spanish Fork (Utah) tight end Richard Wilson, the #7 ranked player at his position, committed to the Cougars.

"Everything just felt good and BYU tight ends get the pigskin," said Wilson.

Wilson said that the Cougars' head coach was more than happy to take the news.

"Coach Mendenhall was very excited about it," said Wilson

Wilson had offers from all over the country, including ones from schools like LSU, Stanford, Miami and Tennessee to go along with the BYU offer. He had said earlier in the week he was thinking about waiting, but the feeling of the Cougars was too strong. And he's glad to get it out of the way.

"It's a load off the shoulders for sure," said Wilson.

Diante Jackson

Walnut Creek (Calif.) Las Lomas receiver Diante Jackson has made his college decision.

The 6-2, 190-pound receiver committed to Oregon, doing so last Friday, then going out and catching eight passes for 153 yards and a touchdown.

"Yeah, I committed to Oregon," said Jackson. "I'm really happy about it."

Jackson, ranked #7 at receiver in the West, and one of the top uncommitted players at that position in the region, took an official visit to Oregon the first weekend of the season when they hosted Washington.

He also took an official visit to Arizona State and was planning to visit Colorado.

Kyle Van Noy
Reno (Nev.) McQueen four-star athlete Kyle Van Noy took his first official visit this past weekend, taking a trip out to Colorado.

"That trip was really nice, I really had a good time out there.  Jon Major was my host and I got to see the campus and all the facilities there.  It was really loud and everyone was going crazy at the beginning. I spent a lot of time talking with Coach (Brian) Cabral and with Coach (Andy) Avalos. Colorado wants me to play SAM for them. There is a possibility for offense, but they like me more as a linebacker.  The locker room at the stadium is really cool and I got to check out the business school while I was there. That's what I want to major in so that was important too," said Van Noy.

While it was his first visit, Van Noy has two more scheduled for January.

"I'm going to BYU on the 10th then I'm going to Arizona State the following week," said Van Noy.


Zach Ertz
Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista tight end Zach Ertz, a commit to Stanford, took an unofficial visit to UCLA last weekend, to see the Bruins play Washington State.  Ertz, who has an offer from UCLA, enjoyed his time at the Rose Bowl.

"I talked quite a bit with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and with Coach (Norm) Chow and they said they were glad I came to the game and that they still really want me. I also talked to Coach (Phil) Rauscher in the locker room," said Ertz. "I had a good talk with the coaches and they seem to really like me. Todd Golper and Richard Brehaut were working on me, too, but they were letting me watch the game, too."

But the Stanford commit said he's not ready to soften his commitment to the Cardinal.

"I'd still call myself solid to Stanford. The Stanford coaches have been really gracious about letting me check out all of my options and see some other schools," said Ertz, who committed to Stanford in November of his junior year. "I've been to Cal a couple of times, and was at the Michigan State game and USC has been getting in touch with me lately. But Stanford has been cool about it and allowing me to look at other options."

Ertz said he's planning on taking an official visit to UCLA and Cal as well as to Stanford.


Corey Nielsen

Other News and Notes from out West

Hawaii and Oregon will both be hosting a handful of recruits this weekend.

The Warriors will be welcoming a pair of committed teammates, Cerritos (Calif.) Gahr quarterback Corey Nielsen and receiver Deondre Powell, when they host Louisiana Tech on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, the Ducks will be hosting UCLA and a nice list of prospects in Eugene.

The headliners are DT Myles Wade, a 2007 signee who was a nonqualifier but is finishing up his A.A., offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles from Colorado and Maryland cornerback Travis Hawkins.

Also expected to visit are commits from California, Anthony Anderson (DE from La Mesa Helix) and Avery Patterson (CB from Pittsburg).  Everett Benyard, a tackle from San Diego and Alex Logan, a safety from Denver, will also be visiting.


Scout.com Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell contributed to this report

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