There is a very good argument that running back/linebacker Tyler Gaffney (6-1, 215, 4.44) San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic could be the best skill positioned player in San Diego County if not the western region.
UCLA was ahead of the recruiting game when they offered Gaffney last spring when he was still a sophomore, but that was with the old staff. It is a very good bet that the Bruins under Rick Neuheisel will honor the offer.
Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian was on the Cathedral Catholic campus last December and said that he loves Gaffney. He told Cathedral Catholic coach Sean Doyle that Charlie Weis will be out in the end of January to talk to Doyle about Gaffney.
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USC assistant coach John Morton called already inquiring about the talented two-way prospect and requested film.
There is good reason why three such prestigious schools are already in the hunt for Gaffney. He was his league's Player of the Year and first-team San Diego Section all-CIF as a junior.
From his running back position, Gaffney rushed for 1,552 yards and scored 24 rushing touchdowns. He is just as dangerous catching the ball out of the backfield hauling in 20 receptions for 302 yards and scored five more touchdowns through the air.
The versatile Gaffney has the talent to be an impact player on either side of the ball on the D-I level.
Gaffney is an outstanding all-around athlete who is a three-sport letterman. He didn't play basketball his junior season due to a thumb injury because he wanted to be ready for baseball this spring.
Gaffney plays right field for Cathedral Catholic and was a San Diego Section all-CIF for his skills on the diamond as a sophomore.
"Tyler is a man-child," Doyle said. "He's a man among boys and better yet he's a great character guy who is very coachable.
"As far as talent goes, he is just as big as Justin Green, now with the Baltimore Ravens, and Demetrius Sumler now with Colorado, but he's faster than the both of them.
"Tyler's 4.44 40 time was from a combine, not some coach with a broken down stop watch.
Gaffney last spring maxed 340 on the bench and that will certainly be improved by his senior season.
Another thing to like about Gaffney is he carries a 3.3 GPA in mostly honor courses.