We had a chance to get another look at Corona (Calif.) Centennial running back Ryan Bass this past Thursday when the Huskies squared off against Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. We saw Bass earlier in the year but this was our first chance to see him up close and personal and he put an absolute show.
Along with Monarch quarterback Matt Barkley, the most impressive player on the field last Thursday in a battle of the state's top two ranked teams, was Bass. The 5-10, 190 pound back showed off his rare combination of quickness, speed and power and did it on a national stage. So impressive was Bass, he earned his way in to the recent Rivals 100 that just came out earlier in the week.
Bass can do so many things on a football field. He plays in a great offense where the Huskies really spread you out and Bass has plenty of options when he gets to the ball. The first thing you notice is how explosive Bass is when he first gets the ball. He seems to hit top speed almost at the time he receives the handoff and has such great vision, that he's through the hole before the defense can even react to him.
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We used to say Bass was more quick than fast but his top speed has increased to the point where he's not a legitimate home run threat. In the game with the Monarchs, Bass was an absolute workhorse carrying the ball an amazing 43 times for 328 yards and four touchdowns.
He's not a big back, but is very strong, runs hard and always seems to get stronger as the game goes on. We've noticed it for the last three years now but the 4th quarter is always when Bass seems to take over games.
"He's just an incredible player," Husky coach Matt Logan said. "We've had some great backs here but Ryan is definitely way up the list if not at the top. He's so tough and he's able to run at a high level and never get tired. He never takes a play off, takes some hard shots but is always the one who seems to deliver the blow. He had a great game against Mater Dei and we just kept feeding him the ball and he never wore down."
On the recruiting front, Arizona State has been looking very good for some time and Bass said that still appears to be the case.
"Yeah, I like ASU a lot right now," Bass said. "I had a nice unofficial visit there earlier this year and I just feel very comfortable there. I like their style of play on offense and feel I would fit in well with that offense. I like the coaches and know some of the players on the team already. I don't have any visits set up yet but we have a bye coming up so I might try and take a visit that weekend.
"I also like Fresno State and will definitely visit there before I commit anywhere. I like Ole Miss and Minnesota as well but it might be cool to stay closer to home. It's not a huge factor, I'll pick the school that is best for me but it could play a small role, I don't know, we'll just see how everything goes."