East Bay's best has a new leader

HE RUSHED FOR 200-plus yards in his first six contests this season. He leads the region in ground yards despite missing a game after tweaking an ankle. The local press says it's "indisputable" he's the best high school running back in the entire East Bay. And today, he said he has a new college leader.

Asked if one school had emerged on top of his leaderboard, Rickey Galvin (5-8, 172, 4.5) out of Berkeley, Calif. didn't take long to answer.

"Washington State," said Galvin.

It's been a tough year in the win-loss column for the Cougs but Galvin said he's convinced WSU is on the way back and that he's looking more at the big picture.

"Everyone is looking at the present," said Galvin, "at what's going on right now. But what I see is the progress -- what the coaches are trying to do in getting it turned around. And I see all the commits that they have.

"What I see is that it's going to be a strong team in the next few years."

GALVIN HAS RUSHED for a whopping 1,773 yards and 23 touchdowns in just eight games. This despite that he's often pulled from the lineup after three quarters with Berkeley (9-0) comfortably ahead.

On the season, he is averaging over 10 yards a carry. In other words Galvin is averaging a first down every time he carries the pigskin.

Galvin missed the previous week after injuring his ankle but came back strong -- on Friday, in his return, he ripped off 234 yards and four scores.

Galvin said he talks with WSU on a weekly basis. Assistants Chris Ball and Steve Broussard are running the point. Galvin tripped to San Diego State this past weekend and said he enjoyed and was impressed on his visit. He officially visited WSU last month. A visit to Fresno State is scheduled for the end of November and he said he's been hearing more from Cal and UCLA.

Galvin also excels in the classroom and easily achieved a qualifying score on the SAT earlier this year.

WASHINGTON STATE's Jerome Harrison was also a "smaller" type of back, checking in at 5-9, 192 pounds his junior year. Harrison finished with 2,800 rushing yards in his two seasons at Washington State and was first team All-America his senior campaign.

Galvin is a different type of runner, though.

Galvin has more top end speed than does Harrison. Whereas "The Ghost" made people miss and used plenty of shake and bake, Galvin sets up his blocks and then explodes through holes, ones both big and small. And while Galvin may be short by football standards, he is not small. He bench presses 335 pounds and squats 500.

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