Junior Ryan Bass Drawing Attention

If you're looking for the top running back on the West Coast for the 2008 recruiting class, Ryan Bass might be the guy. The junior from Centennial High School (Corona, Calif.) has been ripping through defense for two years and the top programs in the country are already after him.

Ryan Bass (5-foot-10, 200 pounds) knew he would likely get Division I looks, but the number of big-time programs looking at him has even caught him a little off guard.

"I never expected this to come to me," Bass said when asked about his recruitment. "I've talked to the UCLA coaches, San Diego State coaches, and to Fresno State.

"My brother (Ray ) goes to San Diego State. He plays safety for them. He's a junior right now. San Diego State has offered me.

"Florida State, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State and some other schools that I'm hearing from," he said.

Notre Dame would like to add a player of Bass' caliber to their roster, and they have him on their radar.

"I hear a lot from Notre Dame," Bass said. "I like their football program a lot. They have a good tradition and I'd like to play under Charlie Weis because he was a NFL coach. I like them a lot.

"I talked to coach Ianello back in September. He asked me if I would like to go to Notre Dame, and if I'd like to play for them. I told him that I'd love to play for Notre Dame, but it's too early to say right now."

Although it is early, there are a few schools that have been able to grab his attention.

"I have a couple schools; UCLA, Florida State, San Diego State and Notre Dame," Bass said when asked about his favorite schools. "Notre Dame has always been one of the top schools that I've always wanted to go to. I like the coaches down at UCLA. I've wanted to go to Florida State since I was a little kid. I like San Diego State because my brother goes there.

"I'm not worried about traveling too much. I would move away. It wouldn't make a big difference to me. I actually grew up in Florida.

A number of top high school running backs ultimately end up at another position in college, but Bass believes that he will stay in the offensive backfield when he moves on.

"I'm a running back," Bass said. "This year I had over 2,300 yards rushing and 36 touchdowns. I can dance, but I will put my shoulder down. I think I'm a power runner. I go north and south and don't go east and west that much."

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