Once again we point to the need for Army to pull in 1 to 2 top tier backs in the 2009 recruiting class, not including the likes Lonnie Liggins, who will be spending the 2008 campaign at the USMAPS.
It is clear that Coach Brock and staff have continued to press ahead and look for the backs that have the potential to push for playing time immediately and take the rushing game to the next level.
We have seen the talented names pop up in Dalton Hilliard and Shane McCullen, just to name two. Now you can add Running back Dasarte Yarnway out San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral to the list of running backs that Army is highly interested in.
Yarnway, who weight in at 6-foot-0, 215 at the Nike Camp (Stanford) and runs a 4.5 forty is has offers from at least nine schools, has seen most of the interest come from regional schools (west coast), however he is open to right fit. "Every school so far offers something good," points out the California prepster. "All are great programs and opportunity of student-athlete like me, plus I'm looking at schools that offer me what I'm looking for in a major. For Yarnway, his focus academically is in the area of business administration and economics, along with having a good relationship with the coaching staff."
However, the Black Knights of Army are the one East Coast school that realizes that Yarnway's talents is one in which a offense can be built around and depend on. "Coach Walsh (Tim) has stopped by my school and expressed how interested they are in me," says Yarnway. "Our high school program is built around integrity, accountability and responsibility, where we look to make young men better for society. A program like Army is where you have all that rolled into one
. Honor & Duty and if you are looking to be that kind of man, Army is that place."
Another school that has caught Yarnway's attention and actively recruiting him are the Trojans of USC. However the numbers' game may become a factor when it comes to getting an offer from the Trojans, and talented back has already done some of his homework on USC running back needs. "They are recruiting me, but they are limited with scholarship offers and as you know
at the running back position, they are deep," says Yarnway on his assessment of the Trojans running back status.
Does Yarnway have a top five yet? "Right now, my family and I are in the process of coming up with a top five list of schools and I will say by next week I will know my top 5 schools," declares the tough running back.
Do you have a timetable that you are working with regarding your final school? "I have been debating this heavily, recruiting is big and it only comes around once in a lifetime," shares Yarnway. "Part of me wants to take the trips and get the full experience, but with the details and all the specifics that go along with recruiting, such as depth, what teams need and when they need to fill spots
part of me wants to commit early and secure my spot. It can be a big thing for our school also, but a distraction also.
With 32 returning seniors, that include several Division I prospects such as Yarnway, Kevin Greene (DE) and Kenny Cavness (CB), look for Sacred Heart Cathedral to improve on their 6-4 record of last year. Needless to say, Yarnway is working very hard to do his part and add to or even improve on his very impressive numbers from last season that saw him record 1410 yards on 175 carries, with 19 touchdowns. "I'm doing strength and condition four days a week, with speed training twice a week and agility plus quickness another two days a week," says Yarnway.
Yarnway is clearly a downhill runner, with really good balance, footwork and explosiveness. But he also has demonstrated the ability to run away (4.5 forty)
from people and the strength to finish the run and be allusive.
One of Yarnway's biggest fans was his dad, who passed away in 2003. How has your dad impacted your life and where you are today? "My character has been learned from a lot of good people, especially my father before he passed away," shares the Nigerian born Yarnway. "He was a very wise man, who was called the "godfather" by many (Yarnway is laughing). To have a figure like that guiding you and teaching you the ropes as a father should, you are going to take part of that with you. And I have similar caring folks at Sacred Heart."
If your dad were here now, what would he be saying to you today? "I believe he would be proud, but he would also push me to be the best I could be," says Yarnway. "I also think that he would feel that he instilled enough in me to be able to make the proper decision when it comes to finishing my career, as an athlete and as a student."
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