Gaffney's Recruitment Gets Competitive

Two big-named schools recently offered Tyler Gaffney a scholarship, making the recruitment of the 6-1, 215-pound running back from San Diego (Calif.) Central Catholic quite a bit more competitive for UCLA...

San Diego (Calif.) Central Catholic running back Tyler Gaffney (6-1, 215) has kept himself busy with football and baseball this summer. He's also been busy with more schools to consider, with both USC and Notre Dame becoming the latest schools to offer him a scholarship.

"Notre Dame offered me three days ago," said Gaffney. "They offered me as a fullback/running back, more like the power back. They have Cierre Wood, and he's more the shifty guy, so I'm the power guy they see. It definitely came as a surprise, because earlier in the recruiting process, they let me know they were thinking of offering and then they stopped talking to me. As time went by, they started talking to me. The next couple of days, they were really interested so there was a miscommunication."

The Trojans had offered before that.

Gaffney said, "With USC, it is the same deal. If I showed myself that I could play taillback, they'd let me play tailback. If not, I'd play fullback. They offered me before the Rising Stars Camp."

. The Irish and Trojans are two of the top seven schools for Gaffney, which also includes Stanford, UCLA, Nebraska, San Diego State and Oregon.

"They have all offered me except Oregon, but I talked to their coach and he was letting me know that, if I come up there to visit, that shows I have interest in them and they will offer me," said Gaffney.

Stanford was one of the first schools to offer Gaffney, and he said he just recently got the application from Stanford. "I just received the application, so I'm going to get started on it. I like Stanford a lot," said Gaffney.

Gaffney said his offer from UCLA still stands, which came from the previous coaching staff under Karl Dorrell. Rick Neuheisel told him that the Bruin staff still holds him in high regards.

"I've been talking with them and to the baseball coach (John Savage), too, so I'm still looking at them," said Gaffney.

Baseball, in fact, will play a big role in his decision. "It's not how good the (baseball) team is, it's if they'll let me play," said Gaffney. "If a school didn't want me to play baseball, I'd probably not consider them."

He plans to visit Washington at some point this summer, since he'll be in Seattle for a baseball tournament.

Gaffney isn't trying to make an early decision, instead, choosing to wait. "I kind of want to wait until right after football," said Gaffney. "I don't want it to be about me, I want it to be about winning. I'm definitely going to take some visits."

And despite being the primary ball-carrier for Cathedral, Gaffney knows some schools like him as a fullback. He doesn't really care what position he plays.

"I just want to be successful," said Gaffney. "If college coaches think fullback is where I'll be successful or if they think that tailback is where I'll be the most successful, they're obviously smarter coaches than me, so I'm down for whatever. I just want to be happy."

A big junior year saw Gaffney rush for 1,550 yards and 29 touchdowns in helping lead Cathedral to the 2007 CIF-San Diego Section D-III title. He also had 20 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Gaffney earned First Team All-San Diego County.

During his 2006 sophomore season, Gaffney ran for 1,544 yards and 23 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 313 yards and five scores and was a First Team All-Eastern League pick.

Academically, Gaffney has a 3.1 GPA and scored an 1800 on the SAT.

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