CA RB Interested In Wake

Dasarte Yarnway, a 6', 208-pound running back out of Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep in San Francisco, California is one of the nation's premiere running backs in the class of 2009. After putting up over 1,300 yards a year ago, Yarnway returned with a strong junior season, leading to interest from schools around the nation.

Friday evening, Dasarte Yarnway's junior campaign came to a close as Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (5-5) fell in their season finale 27-14 at Casa Grande. Yarnway rushed 17 times for 96 yards and two scores giving the junior a total of over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns on the season.

With a young team and defenses keying on him this season, Yarnway managed to put up big numbers and earn a reputation as the best running back in San Francisco. "There's always room for improvement," Yarnway noted, " but I feel like every day is a day you can get better so I'm trying to take it day by day so you'll get better tomorrow. As far as what people tell me, they think I've stepped up to think I'm the premiere back in the city. It's good to see people recognize hard work. It lets me know I'm getting there but have to keep working."

Yarnway's dedication to the game has also helped him garner attention from colleges around the nation as well. "As far as mail, a number of schools contact me through mail," he noted. "Washington, Oregon, Cal, , Stanford, USC, I believe UCLA, that's about it for PAC-10. Then there's Nebraska, Wake, Purdue, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Alabama, UConn and schools like that."

Early on, however, two schools have been in the most contact, California and Wake Forest. "I keep in touch with the Cal Bears a lot and Wake Forest a lot," he said. "They give me the most response via e-mail. Cal, I go to the games some too. I've been to a lot of Cal football games and I want to make it to Wake Forest. I have talked to Coach Brad White about making an unofficial visit but I'll probably wait and take an unofficial to Wake Forest this summer."

Yarnway is not your typical Wake Forest prospect. Traditionally, the Demon Deacons have recruited prospects from the east coast. However, the Deacons saw potential in Yarnway early and decided to contact the San Francisco prospect. "Actually, Wake Forestcame to me pretty early," he said. "That was nice that they would come early. They asked me if distance was a problem and I told them it wouldn't, the same thing I would tell you. They e-mail me and keep in touch and care about how I'm doing. It's very family like and that's what they've expressed to me. I like the way it has gone with Wake so far."

Yarnway elaborated that distance would not likely be a major factor in his final destination. "I don't think it'll be a big part," he noted. "My big thing is being comfortable. You'll spend a great deal of time at the college or institution that you choose. I know higher education is the main thing I am looking for and Wake Forest is a great school. Cal, all these schools. I'll also look into other things like the depth chart when the time comes as well but my focus is academics."

With his junior campaign over, Yarnway will turn his focus to improving his game and begin to give recruiting some attention. "I'll probably take visits this summer," he said. "I plan on going to Wake Forest and I plan on going to Cal. More schools will show interest as the time comes around but I plan on taking a lot of visits."

Yarnway plans to focus on keeping his speed up as well during the off-season. "I've just noticed the speed of the game [in college,"] he said. "Speed is something you can never be lax on. I'll work on keeping and improving my speed and will keep working on it. My strength is there but I'm going to keep polishing that."


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