Four-star fullback/running back Tyler Gaffney (6-0, 215, 4.5) from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic is one of the most sought after players from the San Diego area for the class of 2009. A great all-around athlete, Gaffney is also a big time prospect for his skills as a baseball player. Needless to say, Gaffney has had a very busy summer.
"I've just been doing a lot of baseball, just lifting and doing the summer football thing," Gaffney said. "I haven't set any official visits up yet, but I definitely do want to take some.
"I'd like to visit USC, Stanford and Notre Dame. Those are three, I'm not sure of any others yet. I'm still looking into it."
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"I don't have an overall favorite, but definitely the top of the charts is USC and Stanford in no order," Gaffney said. "I don't have a timetable for a commitment, but definitely before football is over."
"Half of the schools are recruiting me at tailback and the other schools are recruiting me at fullback. Not like an ISO fullback, but more like a playmaking fullback like USC uses Stanley Havili."
What is Gaffney looking for in a college?
"The whole atmosphere and how I feel while I'm there."
If there were any doubters about Gaffney's ability as a football player they were removed with his stellar camp performance at the prestigious USC Rising Stars camp.
"It went good," Gaffney said about his Rising Stars camp experience. "It was real competitive and I liked that about it."
What does Gaffney think about the recruiting process?
"I've kind of liked that it's all new, it's never happened before," Gaffney said. "You could say it feels good to know that your hard work has paid off."
"For my senior season I definitely want to get to CIF," Gaffney said. "We won last year and we return a lot of our guys, so I don't see why it should be a problem."
Baseball and football aren't the only sports that Gaffney excels at, he also boxes and he found that boxing helps him as an athlete.
"Boxing helps make me light on my feet and not real heavy so I'm able to shift easier," Gaffney said. "It also helps with the conditioning process."
Athletics aren't the only thing that Gaffney stands out in, he also does a solid job in the classroom with his 3.4 GPA and his 1790 SAT.
Gaffney was his league's Player of the Year and first-team San Diego Section all-CIF after rushing for 1,552 yards and scored 24 rushing touchdowns. He also showed a penchant for catching the ball out of the backfield, as he hauled in 20 receptions for 302 yards and scored five more touchdowns through the air.
Gaffney was selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2009 landing as the Golden State's No. 32 prospect at any position. Rivals.com also ranks him as the country's No. 3 fullback prospect.