UCLA Gaining Ground with Gable

The #6-ranked running back in the country, C.J. Gable from Sylmar, says that UCLA is moving up his list. Gable talks about watching UCLA and what he thinks of the 7-0 Bruins...

Slowly but surely, UCLA is creeping up the list of Sylmar (Calif.) running back C.J. Gable (6-1, 190).

Not even listed by Gable before the season began, the Bruins 7-0 start has moved them not being considered to the No. 2 school for Gable, with a legitimate chance for them to move to No. 1.

"USC is still my leader, but UCLA is right behind them," said Gable. "I know that Maurice Drew is doing really good and could leave early and that would be a good chance for me to come in and play early. They've done real good to start the year and I like the way they run the ball."

Gable, coached by former UCLA defensive tackle London Woodfin at Sylmar, said his coach subtly reminds him of his alma mater's success, but doesn't push the Bruins on him.

"Coach (Woodfin) tells me how good they're doing but he doesn't say I have to go there, he knows it's up to me," Gable said.

Recruiting Gable is running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. "Coach Bieniemy is a really good guy and a good coach. His players respect him and like playing for him," said Gable, who attended the Bruins home opener with Rice and hopes to attend their final home game with Arizona State.

The Trojans are still atop the nation's No. 6 running back's list, and he said their usage of Reggie Bush and Lendale White are major reasons for their status. "They run the ball a lot with two different guys. I know if they bring in another good running back, I'd have to compete but that I could still get carries. They also like me as a defensive back," said Gable.

Gable has set three of his official visits: to Arizona, Ole Miss and California. "I go to Arizona on January 20-22, Ole Miss on November 17-19 and Cal on December 9-11," said Gable. "USC and UCLA both want me to take official visits so I probably will make my last two there."

Missing from Gable's list was LSU and Florida, two schools who were previously in his top five. "Really, the hurricanes have affected me to not really wanting to leave this area. My mom wants me to be close to home too," said Gable.

On the year Gable has rushed for 1,230 yards on 94 carries and 14 touchdowns, caught 12 passes for 191 yards and three touchdowns and scored two touchdowns on returns of kicks and interceptions. He has 29 tackles on defense and four interceptions.

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