Three for the See-Saw

New York isn't known for producing great football talent. This year, running back Jason Gwaltney leads a strong NY contingent and he's got three big-time programs on the hook.

North Babylon (N.Y.) tailback Jason Gwaltney (5-11, 235, 4.5, Scout.com's #8 RB, 4 stars) now says USC (12/10 official trip) and Ohio State (10/29) lead solidly over West Virginia (1/7, committed at one time)--this is the order in which he named his faves.

"Both USC and Ohio State lead solidly over West Virginia," says Gwaltney.

"There's about a 46% chance that I'm going out west to SC at this point.

"With USC, I'd have the chance to compete as a freshman and I wouldn't just be sitting on the bench. In the last two years they've played 32 freshman, and they've never had a redshirt recruit that's been from out of state.

"The weather there and the fact that they're back-to-back national champs puts them in good standing right now. Plus the recruiting class they've got this year is one that would be good to be involved with.

"I was just on the other line with Brian Cushing (linebacker) and we get along really well together. We both want to be roommates when we go off to school. He hasn't made a decision yet either, and I wouldn't say that he's going to end up just following me wherever I go (laughs).

"I like how the coaches at USC are straightforward with me and they tell me how it is. Plus, coach (Pete) Carroll wants a big back there.

"The running back situation at Ohio State is a big in for me next year. If I learned their scheme well enough I could be ready to start in their game opener against Texas next year.

"They play some great smash-mouth football and the coaching staff there is laid-back but not too much. They get after it when it's time and they've got some great players there too.

"West Virginia could get me ready for the pros in a way that these two other teams can't. They run their schemes out of the shotgun and I-formation. If I were to get recruited by a pro team then I'd have a good shot at knowing any system that I'd be put into."

Gwaltney has also officially visited Central Florida (12/3) and Michigan State (12/17).

Final SR (10-1) stats: 328 carries/2,882 yds/45 TDs

2.7/860 SAT--March retest

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