2009 RB Prospect Dasarte Yarnway

The San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral running back prospect, Dasarte Yarnway, is getting early attention from the Pac-10 and others. The 6-0, 210-pounder talked about his recruiting, his early favorites and factors in his decision..

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep running back Dasarte Yarnway (6-0, 210) is one of the top skill position players in Northern California in the class of 2009.

While he waits for his first scholarship offer, Yarnway said that a long list of suitors have expressed interest in him.

"I think I could be close to getting my first offer," said Yarnway. "I'm getting a lot of interest from schools. Cal, I think they could be offering me really soon. Coach (Jeff) Tedford said he will be letting me know in the next couple of weeks. Other schools I'm hearing from are USC, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, UCLA, both Arizona schools and Oregon."

While Yarnway insisted that he is wide open, he acknowledged that the Bay Area school, Cal, has made the biggest impression. "I've built a really good relationship with the Cal coaches, and went up to the school (last week) to meet with them. But I'm still wide open," said Yarnway.

Yarnway said while he's looking at schools on a national scale, he's partial to the Pac-10. "I'm really interested in playing in the Pac-10. I like USC a lot, and I might go to their camp. UCLA has come up to the school and they wanted my film. Oregon, I may go up there during spring break and check them out," said Yarnway. "I'm also planning to get out to Georgia Tech on April 15th for their Junior Day. Distance, though, doesn't play a factor. I just really want to go to a school that has a great plan for me."

With no target date for a commitment yet, Yarnway said he isn't in a hurry to narrow his focus down. "I'll be wide open for a while and then I'll make a top five or top seven and I'll start to structure my process a little more. There are no actual set times or timetable now, though. I plan on taking a lot of unofficial visits," Yarnway said.

Yarnway plays both ways for Sacred Heart Cathedral, but the interest in him from colleges is coming as a running back. "A lot of schools are looking at me as a running back," said Yarnway. "A lot of things I have on my side -- size, speed and strength -- are what they want in a running back. My best forty has been a 4.52, but I'm going to get that down this spring." In describing his playing style, Yarnway detailed what sets him apart. "I can do it all," said Yarnway. "I can run in between the tackles or I can bounce it out. I'm a downhill runner, a very hard runner. I could be a third-down back, I can get the short-yardage, but if you need a big run, I can do that also. I have a combination of both sides. You can't classify me as one type of back."

Yarnway showed it during his junior year, when he ran for 1,408 yards and 19 touchdowns on 175 carries.

Next weekend, Yarnway will be at the New Level/Scout Pass Camp in Las Vegas.

"That will be a lot of fun, getting to play with a lot of great players from California," said Yarnway. "I'm hoping that I have a good weekend."

Academically, Yarnway has a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT on May 3rd.


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