Excited Gaffney To Take First Trip

Tyler Gaffney is jacked up for his first unofficial college visit. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound running back from San Diego, Calif., is heading to Notre Dame this weekend.

"I leave tomorrow, and I'm excited right now," Gaffney said Thursday night.

Notre Dame will be hosting several visitors including Tyler Gaffney's Cathedral Catholic teammate Everett Benyard. The offensive tackle is arriving a day later than Gaffney.

"I just want to see the whole campus, I've heard a lot about it," Gaffney said. "The infamous Notre Dame, I want to see it in person. Not just the pictures and movies and things I've seen.

Gaffney already holds scholarship offers from Stanford and UCLA. He is receiving interest from Notre Dame, Oregon, Connecticut and Nebraska among other programs. Brian Polian and Gaffney have been emailing frequently, and the Irish assistant has been out to the school.

"I'm just open to everything right now," Gaffney stated. "Notre Dame, my Dad has really liked that school, people have told me about it, I just want to know what it is and what people are talking about.

"I know that the campus is supposedly amazing to look at. Some of my friends go up their with their brothers. They tell me about the partying and stuff like that."

This past season, Gaffney ran for 1,550 yards and 29 touchdowns, helping his team clinch a CIF-San Diego Section D-III title. A threat out of the backfield, Gaffney also had 20 receptions for 303 yards and five more scores.

Gaffney had similar numbers as a sophomore, rushing for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns, and catching 21 passes for 313 yards and five more scores.

"I'm a hard-nosed runner, I don't go down easily," Gaffney said of what colleges tell him. "Explosiveness they've said."

Gaffney is quite the right fielder and power hitter as well. As a sophomore, he hit .412 with 8 homers and 37 runs batted in. UC Riverside, Gonzaga and Indiana have been in contact regarding baseball.

"My main thing in picking a school is playing both sports, both baseball and football," Gaffney explained. "Everything else I'm kind of open to, and I can work with depending on if I like it or not."

That's nothing new to Notre Dame with graduate Jeff Samardzija excelling in both, and current Irish players Evan Sharpley, Golden Tate and Eric Maust playing the two.

With this weekend being his first trip, Gaffney is a long way from deciding what college to attend. He has camped at Stanford, and has attended a couple football games at San Diego State. There are a lot of places he wants to visit before thinking about committing.

Gaffney reported a 3.3 GPA, a bench press of 330 pounds, and he can rep out 400 pounds on squat. He ran a 4.48 40-yard dash at the Stanford camp.

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