May 20, 2008

Yarnway preparing to trim list soon

The battle for top running back honors at Saturday's Palo alto NIKE Camp came down to two players. Las Vegas (Nev.) standout Akil Sharp took the position MVP, but many in attendance thought San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart star Dasarte Yarnway was equally impressive or perhaps even more so.

"It was a great event," Yarnway said. A lot of competition out here. It was nice to see a lot of familiar Bay Area faces out here. I saw Michael Clay, Kevin Danser, Jabari Carr and a lot of other guys from the area really doing it big.

"It was pretty much what I expected as far as the talent level. I believe I gave a great performance. All the running backs were enthusiastic and encouraging of one another. It was awesome."

Yarnway has a prototype body for the running back position that reminded us of NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson. He's muscular and lean, low-waisted, with powerfully built legs, standing 6-foot tall and weighing an impressive 215 pounds. But he's also explosive and quick, with great feet.

Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Washington and Washington State have offered scholarships, Yarnway said, and Colorado, Georgia Tech and others were seemingly on the verge of offering.

"It's been a great off-season. I've been working on my speed and agility, getting bigger and faster, trying to measure myself according to the college level. I'm confident in my abilities and my work ethic so you have to expect good things to come. But at the same time the whole recruiting process is a dream come true."

Cal and Oregon have been reported as Yarnway's top two schools, but he has taken official visits elsewhere, including ASU and Georgia Tech, and he remains open.

"ASU was beautiful," Yarnway said. "Coach Erickson is a good guy, he really cares about his guys. He's passionate about the classroom, about brining in good guys and about football. I was down there last month for the spring game and had a good time."

Yarnway said that he expected to have his list narrowed in about three weeks.

"I've been talking to my mother about this," he said. "We're going to sit down as a family when my brother comes home around June 12th and I'll release my favorites then. I probably want to commit early because I don't want my recruitment to overshadow the team. Another part of me wants to take trips and get the full experience, but I've been fortunate to see some of these schools already and I might be able to reach a conclusion before focusing on the season.

"We had 18 seniors last year and we have four juniors coming back so we need guys to step up and it's time for me to really lead."

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