Washington RB Emerging as Elite

Bellevue (Wash.) High's <b>J.R. Hasty</b>, the son of a former NFL player, is having a huge senior season and starting to get national attention. UCLA has been on him a while, and the Bruins figure prominently among Hasty's current favorites...

Leon Jackson and Jonathan Stewart may have been getting the longtime pub, but Bellevue (Wash.) High running back J.R. Hasty (5-11, 200) quite possibly could be the best running back in the state of Washington this year. At the least, he's been the best player on the best team in the state.

"I haven't gotten into that, I'll let just let my stats and my team's record speak for itself," said Hasty.

The son of longtime NFL safety James Hasty, J.R. has nearly a dozen offers, including one from the Bruins. Hasty attended UCLA's 1-Day Camp this summer, and found the campus to his liking.

"The camp was real cool. I liked the campus too. I liked Coach Dorrell," said Hasty. "I know for sure I will visit UCLA, but I haven't set a date yet."

Hasty also has official offers from California, Arizona State, Washington State (where his father played), Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona and Penn State.

"I'm leaning to leaving the state. I'm real wide open right now. I'd say my top schools, though, are Cal, UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon and probably Washington State."

As a junior, Hasty rushed for 1,900 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was named to the all-area team in Seattle.

But it's been his senior year that has put Hasty on the national radar. In Bellevue's season opener, Hasty spearheaded Bellevue's shocker over De La Salle, snapping the Spartans 151-game winning streak. He rushed for 271 yards and 4 touchdowns. He said, "I don't feel like it was a breakout game for me, but people around the country started noticing me."

The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 431-108, with Hasty tallying 168 on his own. For the season he has scored 34 touchdowns and gained 1,772 yards in leading Bellevue to a Top 10 National Ranking and a 8-0 record.

And it keeps getting better for him. On Friday, against Issaquah, Hasty had arguably his finest performance, rushing for 329 yards and 6 touchdowns in a 58-7 win.

"We're not done yet, though. Beating De La Salle was cool, but our ultimate goal was winning state again," said Hasty, whose Wolverines have won the 3A title the past two years.

Hasty said he would take all five of his trips before deciding.

With a 3.0 GPA and a 1030 on his SAT, Hasty is on track to be qualified for college.

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