Playing in his final high school game, Ryan Bass and his Corona (Calif.) Centennial teammates came up just short in the CA Div I state championship game against Concord (Calif.) De la Salle Saturday night. Bass still showed why he's one of the nation's top running backs and talked about a possible change in his college plans as well.
Centennial rallied from a 31-7 defecit to tie the game at 31 a piece midway through the 4th quarter. Bass, who carried 36 times for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the game, was stopped for a loss on a cucial 4th and two play late in the game after DLS had gone ahead 37-31.
Bass didn't have the normal space he's used to running as the Spartan defense did a great job of really making Bass work for every yard he gained. He also had a 65 yard touchdown run called back because of a holding penalty in the third quarter but as he always does, Bass ran hard, very physical and finished every run falling forward.
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He showed a nice burst, has great vision and has an almost uncanny way of slipping off that first tackler for positive yards when it doesn't look like there is anything there.
On the recruiting front, Bass gave a mid-season commitment to Arizona but that looks soft at best right now.
"I'm really feeling Arizona State," Bass said. "I liked them a lot early on and I've gotten to know Coach Lubick really well. I like their offense and I think I would be a really good fit there.
"I'm going to visit ASU (Jan. 11) and if things go well, I could end up there but I would still say I'm committed to Arizona right now. I like Arizona as well and they have good coaches and finished the year pretty strong. It's just going to come down to where I feel most comfortable but right now, I'm probably feeling ASU the most."