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Scout.com four-star running back Jahvid Best (5-10, 185, 4.4) from Richmond Salesian (Calif.) has helped lead his team to a 3-1 record with over 800 yards and eight touchdowns.

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"Speed is my main strength," Best said. "I also have great vision. I run hard and look for the cutback lane and hit the hole. Once I hit the hole, the lane opens up and I'm gone. The one thing I'd like to do is get/a/ bigger and be a more powerful runner."

Best says he has around 14 scholarship offers and denies a favorite. He says he will take his official visits to Oregon, USC, California and Notre Dame, but the only trip he has scheduled thus far is to Oregon on November 4.

"Oregon is a great place to play football and they have a good track team," said Best, who runs a 10.39 100m and 21.03 200m. "That's going to be really important to me because I want to do both sports. Coach Nick Aliotti said they love my speed and that I'd be perfect fit. He said I could make an impact at several different positions."

Although Best says he never followed college football as a kid, he says that recently he's liked USC largely due in part to Reggie Bush. "I've always loved him," Best said. "He just keeps moving and is such a great runner.

"USC is the perfect place for a running back and they also have a great track team."

Best says he's been to several Cal games this season and will be attending the Oregon game this weekend (Saturday, October 7). "I have no clue who will win," Best said. "Both Cal and Oregon are playing very well. I think it'll be a close game. Cal has been playing well since their loss to Tennessee and the Oregon offense looks unstoppable.

"I'll follow these teams this season but how they do won't have a major impact on my decision," Best said. "A lot of the players they have now won't be guys I'll be playing with. I'm more interested in the recruiting class they brought in and who they are gonna get."

The lone non-Pac-10 school that Best is looking at is Notre Dame. "It's one of the great colleges in the nation," Best said. "They have great football tradition and their academics are well respected.

"After the season I'll start to weed schools out," Best said. "My parents and coaches will help me, but I'm basically looking for a place that just feels like home."

He reports a 2.7 core GPA and a 1420 SAT (new test).

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