Fontana (Calif.) A.B. Miller running back David Dash might be one of the West's best kept secrets at running back. With so many great running backs in California, it's sometimes easy to fly under the radar.
However, during the spring evaluation process, the secret is starting to get out. So why are schools so interested in Dash?
"Honestly, it's my elusiveness," Dash, who is 5-foot-9, 175-pounds, said. "I can do everything. I can come out the backfield, and I can block. I'm quick, and I can hit the holes. My best ability is my hands and I can catch the ball and make people miss."
Even though he put up big numbers as a junior, rushing for 816 yards and seven touchdowns, Dash said some people are still disbelievers.
"Some of the coaches look at my size and don't think I'm good enough," Dash said. "But I don't really look at it that way because I know I have heart and I play hard. I catch the ball well,, and I'm faster than most people out there."
At the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp, Dash proved he could compete with any of the other top running backs out there, including highly regarded running backs like Jordon James, Brennan Clay and Deontae Cooper.
"I feel I surprised some people at the camp," Dash said. "Like I said, people look at me and don't think I'm going to be much on the field, and they were all surprised like, 'Ah, I didn't think he would be that good.' "
Because of his strong performances in camp settings, including winning the running back MVP at the National Underclass Combine, Dash is starting to garner more and more recruiting attention.
"I only have one offer and it's from Iowa State," Dash said. "I've talked to people from Washington, San Jose State, New Mexico State and Iowa State. I've talked to Arizona State, and hopefully I'll talk to them more this summer."
The Iowa State attention is something that has really caught his eye. He's also looking for more love from some other Pac 10 schools.
"It's cool," Dash said. "I've talked with Chris Ash. He was just asking me questions like, 'Would you plan to leave the state? Would that be Ok?' And I think that'd be all right. I'm still thinking, though. I like Arizona State and Oregon the most. I've talked to Oregon a little bit, after the combine they called my coach.
"Washington came to our school and New Mexico State did, too. Arizona State and Oregon would be my top two schools, and then third I'd say Iowa State."
Dash said he'd love to get more attention from schools like USC and Cal.
"I would like to talk to USC, but I'd also like to talk to Cal – I like that school a lot and it seems like a good one to go to," he said. "I would really like to talk to those two schools. I would like to visit Cal and Oregon and ASU this summer for their camps."