UCLA on RB for Long Time

Ryan Bass, the 5-10, 190-pound running back prospect from Corona (Calif.) Centenntial, has been perhaps the most prolific tailback in the state the last couple of seasons, and UCLA has been recruiting him for a while. He talks about his recruitment, and his list of favorite schools...

With just a little more than first down away from 4,500 yards rushing the past two seasons, Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Ryan Bass (5-10, 190), is standing at seven scholarship offers and has a great deal of interest from many more.

"I have offers from Nebraska, Colorado State, UTEP, Arizona, Ole Miss, San Diego State and Louisville," said Bass. "And I've been hearing a lot from UCLA, Cal, Arizona State and USC."

Bass said that while none of the in-state schools (other than San Diego State) have offered, his interest in them remains strong. "I'd say my top five right now is Cal, UCLA, Arizona, Fresno State and Florida State," said Bass. "I don't really have a favorite school right now though. I'm really wide open."

Bass said that UCLA has been showing a lot of interest in him and while he has some interest in USC, he hasn't heard as much from them as UCLA. "(UCLA running backs coach) Dino Babers has been recruiting me for UCLA," said Bass. "I've liked UCLA for a while, but they haven't said anything about an offer yet."

Bass said that he was in no hurry to make a decision and that he doesn't see one being made any time soon. "I'm going to take as much time as I need," said Bass. "I'm probably going to wait to announce until the last minute. I'm going to most likely take all five of my trips"

He plans to attend the Scout.com Combine and possibly UCLA and USC's camps in the summer.

One of the most prolific backs in the West the past two seasons, Bass is coming off a junior year in which he earned First Team All-CIF honors and all-state underclass honors after rushing for 2,351 yards on 294 carries and scoring 36 touchdowns for the Huskies, who were the top-ranked D-I team in California for part of the year before a stunning playoff loss knocked them out of the favorite spot for the D-I State Championship Game.

"I can't wait to get back out there and have a good season," said Bass. "This year we want to win CIF and the state game."

Academics could be the reason UCLA hasn't offered as of yet, but Bass said he is making major improvements. "My GPA is around a 2.6 and I'm going to take the SAT in the spring," said Bass.

Bruin Report Online Top Stories