We've been watching Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Ryan Bass since his freshman year and always knew he was a great high school player. The issue of what kind of college prospect he was always centered around if he was big and fast enough for the next level. At the recent NIKE Combine in Long Beach, Bass put to rest those concerns.
Bass had another big season on the field this past year rushing for 2,351 yards and 36 touchdowns. He earned all-state underclass honors for the second year in a row and is easily among the top backs in the state.
In watching Bass, we never questioned his ability but had questions about his breakaway speed and overall size. At the NIKE combine this past weekend, Bass came in at a rock solid 5-10, 186 pounds and tested very well on what was a relatively slow field due to the weather.
Bass clocked a 4.61-40 (electronic time), 4.25 in the shuttle, jumped 34 inches in the vertical and did 21 reps on the bench. His 84.63 SPARQ Rating was good enough for third best in the event that had 740 players in attendance.
On the recruiting front, Bass has offers from San Diego State, Colorado State and Louisville.
"My coach told me about the Louisville offer a few weeks ago but I'm not sure it's still there with the new staff," Bass said. "Right now, I'm looking at a lot of schools, I'm still pretty open. I like Cal, UCLA, Florida State, San Diego State and a few others.
"I'm going to the UCLA Junior Day this weekend and I'm sure I'll go to a couple of other camps and Junior Days. I'm just going to keep working hard and try to improve my numbers. I felt I could have run faster today but overall, I was happy with how I did."