After a somewhat slow start to the recruiting process, things have really picked up for San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral running back Dasarte Yarnway. Yarnway recently picked up his 5th scholarship, all out of the Pac 10.
Yarnway, 6-0, 215 pounds has been one of the state's top backs since his sophomore year. He earned all-state underclass honors for the second year in a row this past season after rushing for 1,408 yards and 19 touchdowns.
On the recruiting front, Washington State was his first offer and Cal, Arizona State and Washington soon followed.
"The latest school to offer me was Oregon," Yarnway said. "I was excited by that one because Oregon and Cal were the two schools at the top of my list.
"I actually visited Oregon on an unofficial visit two weeks ago and really liked it there. It's a real family atmosphere at Oregon and I really liked all the coaches a lot. Coach Aliotti is the DC there and the one recruiting me.
"We have a really good relationship and he has made a special point to get to know me as more than just a football player. Coach Belotti was real cool too and said he loved my film. The facilities there are great and I like the city of Eugene a lot. It's a total college town and I know I would be comfortable there."
As for his other favorite, Yarnway had much to say about the Bears as well.
"Cal is close to home and I feel a family atmosphere there as well. The first college football game I ever went to was at Cal last year when they played Tennessee. I loved it there and Cal is one of those programs that is consistently good every year.
"I like how hard they compete and I can identify with the program in a lot of ways. Cal doesn't have a lot of the bells and whistles like other programs. They just go out there and get the job done. That's like me, I'm from the inner city and just go out and play as hard as I can.
"Right now, my plan is to narrow my list of schools to seven at the end of this month. I just want to see who else offers me because there are a lot of schools like Georgia Tech and more Pac 10 schools that are saying they're close to offering.
"At the end of the month, I'll focus on seven schools and then at the end of the summer, I'll narrow it to five and those will be the five I take my official visits to."