BREAKING: Star Bay Area back goes crimson

AT HIS PRESENT RATE, he'll eclipse the 2,000 yard mark this week, in only his ninth game of the season. He gets those yards not as much from making people miss as by zipping on by them. He's not tall in stature but just like his production on the field, his strength numbers are eye popping. And he's bringing that explosiveness and top end speed to the Palouse.

Rickey Galvin, who has already rushed for a ridiculous 1,773 yards and 23 TD's in just eight games so far his senior season at Berkeley High, has gone crimson.

"I verbally committed to Washington State," said Galvin.

Galvin becomes the 17th known verbal commitment in Paul Wulff's 2010 class. Galvin said after talking things over with his mom and prep coach, Alonzo Carter, the right choice became apparent.

"The main thing was, 'Okay what am I waiting for? If I know I'm really into this school, that this is the best opportunity...what am I waiting for?' I'm ready to make an impact on the team, along with others," said Galvin.

THAT IMPACT MIGHT come sooner rather than later. Galvin first talked to area recruiting coach Chris Ball, ("He was very excited and amped up," laughed Galvin) and then spoke with RB's coach Steve Broussard and head man Wulff.

"Coach Wulff was excited. And he said, 'Rickey, after your season, you've got to get into the weight room and get ready for our season," said Galvin.

STRENGTH OF COURSE helps a running back avoid injury and stand up the pounding of life in the Pac-10. Galvin's strength numbers indicate he might not have too far to go.

Galvin might project out to, say, a 5-9, 190 pounder in college. And he's often referred to as a "small" back, he entered his senior season listed at 5-8, 172 pounds.

But he has 4.5 speed -- and he squats 500 pounds and benches 335.

Those are some very crooked strength numbers.

For comparison purposes, consider's No. 21 rated OLB prospect in the nation, Chris Young (6-1, 215), who according to the Tacoma News Tribune bench presses 315 pounds.

The No. 3 offensive guard prospect in the land, Nick Rowland, (6-4.5, 295) squats 485 pounds according to

Galvin becomes the 17th known verbal commitment in the Cougs' 2009 class, joining LB Eric Oertel, WR Marquess Wilson, WR Robert Jiles, CB Tracy Clark, WR Bobby Ratliff, DB Tyrone Duckett, ATH Deone Bucannon, TE Asante Cleveland, WR Blair Bomber, ATH Brandon Golden, QB Connor Halliday, TE Aaron Dunn, DE/OL Jake Rodgers, OT John Fullington, CB Matt Simmons and DB Damante Horton.

THERE HAVE BEEN more than a few running backs of similar size who have found success in the Pac-10 and in college football because of their innate ability to get "lost" inside the tackles. CougGreat Jerome Harrison and Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers are two examples -- slippery backs with a lot of stop and go to their game. Galvin's a little different type of back.

He relies more on speed than he does wiggle. Give him a crease and then try to catch him. As noted earlier, in just eight games this season, he's rushed for 1,773 yards and 23 touchdowns. Factor into those numbers that he's often been pulled after three quarters with Berkeley (9-0) comfortably ahead.

His prep coach compares him most in style and form to Darren Sproles, who put up large rushing totals at Kansas State and who like Harrison is now in the NFL.

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

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