Explosive yard-maker tripping to Pullman

IT WOULD REQUIRE a deep run into the playoffs but it's still worth noting, simply because you just don't see many running backs on pace to rush for 3,000 yards in a season. He's already eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark just five games into his senior campaign, and he's in Pullman this weekend on an official visit to Washington State.

Rickey Galvin out of Berkeley, Calif., holds five offers, including one from Washington State, is hearing regularly from Cal and others, while UCLA and Fresno State have come down to see his games . He's excited to take his official visit to Washington State.

"I just want to meet all the coaches and get that connection with them," said Galvin. "Washington State has been with me for a while now."

WSU assistant Chris Ball has been running the recruiting point for WSU.

"They're really supportive from what I've seen. Coach Ball, he makes sure and asks if everything is going well, I call him a lot," said Galvin.

Galvin, also an excellent student at Berkeley High, said distance isn't a factor and venturing out beyond California's borders might actually be preferable. He said he doesn't anticipate making a decision until after the season.

"I definitely want to wait and see, get more experience with other visits and officials," said Galvin, who has a visit scheduled for Nov. 21 to Fresno State.

GALVIN LAST YEAR rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 12 TD's but he's already poised to eclipse those marks at the halfway mark of his senior season, (not including any playoff games the 5-0 Yellowjackets might have.)

He's racked up 1,161 hashes in five games, scoring 11 TD's. In each of the five games, he's gone over 200 yards rushing.

The question naturally begs, there are several other backs rated more highly and who have more offers. Why?

The reality is that although there have been a number of "small" backs who have gone on great success in the Pac-10 -- including WSU's Jerome Harrison, along with UCLA's Maurice Jones-Drew and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers, college coaches continue to remain wary of smaller backs.

Galvin checks in at 5-8, 172 pounds, so he might project to a 5-9, 190-pound guy in college.

"When I talked to coach Ball, he likes my vision and that although I'm a small back, I'm actually a tough back at the same time. They like my explosiveness and that I work hard," said Galvin.

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Harrison was listed at 5-9, 192 pounds his junior year. He finished with 2,800 rushing yards in his two seasons at Washington State.

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