Tyler Gaffney: a Two-Sport Athlete

Last month, the Trojans offered Tyler Gaffney as a fullback on the football team. While happy about the offer, Gaffney has made it clear he wants to play football and baseball in college. To this end, he recently visited USC to meet with the baseball coaches.

Tyler Gaffney: a Two-Sport Athlete

Gaffney speaks about his recent visits to USC

Last month, the Trojans offered Tyler Gaffney as a fullback on the football team. While happy about the offer, Gaffney has made it clear he wants to play football and baseball in college. To this end, he recently visited USC to meet with the baseball coaches.

Gaffney is a very well spoken athlete. He is quite clear about his choice to play both football and baseball in college. His success in high school sports speaks for itself.

As a junior in 2007, Gaffney rushed for 1,399 yards and 20 touchdowns in helping lead San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral to the 2007 CIF-San Diego Section D-III title. He also grabbed 20 catches for 303 yards and five touchdowns.

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

As a baseball player, he plays outfield and has a .513 batting average.

SCPlaybook caught up with Gaffney and discussed his recent trip to USC to visit the baseball coaches.

"I met with the coaches there, it went pretty well. The next day, I played in a high school baseball camp there with the coaches. We practiced individual practice, then we went into ‘game' situation where we scrimmaged and all the pitchers threw to three batters."

"I play right field and center field and bat 3rd or 4th (in the lineup)."

His assessment of the Trojan baseball program, "I like it a lot, I really like the coaches. I am going to be a two-sport player in college."

When asked about the schools that stand out for him right now, Gaffney mentioned Stanford, USC, Oregon, Nebraska, and Utah. He added, "I have some top choices, but I'm not leaning any way right now."

We talked about the USC Rising Stars Camp and he related, "It was really competitive, there were a lot of athletes there. It was good to see where you stand compared to anyone else. I just attended the first day of the camp, because I had a family affair the next day."

He continued, "The whole thing about the camp was the atmosphere, you could see the best in everybody and how good they are on the field. I felt pretty good, I was pretty happy with my performance. I felt I ‘held my ground' for the most part."

When discussing his position he'll likely play in college, Gaffney said, "I'll probably play fullback and be a short yardage guy (tailback). USC wants me for fullback everybody else wants me for tailback." About a preference to play fullback or tailback he said, "I just want to succeed, I don't really care either way. As long as I'm doing good where I am."

On other camps he participated in this summer, Gaffney reported, "I went to Stanford and San Diego State. The Stanford camp was good, it was fun, it was kind of the same thing, a lot of competition, there were less people (participants) but the same kind of thing. San Diego's camp was good."

As far as the remainder of summer Gaffney said, "I'm playing a lot of baseball, I've put football on the side right now, until football starts up again. I'm playing in a couple different (baseball) summer leagues. It's going pretty well, I like the versatility, and seeing how different coaches do things for the two sports."

Gaffney stated that he would make his college choice sometime during the football season. He said, "I'm going to take some of my official visits. I haven't figured it out yet, but I'll find out pretty soon."


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