Tough Decision Ahead

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Aug 27, 2008

Fullback Tyler Gaffney has a dozen scholarship offers but has come close to narrowing it down to USC (childhood favorite) and Stanford. "I grew up following Reggie Bush and USC for football," Gaffney said. Although Gaffney has followed USC football, his favorite college baseball team was always Stanford. "I've always liked Stanford baseball. It seems like they always have a strong team..."

Tyler Gaffney, the 6-foot, 213-pound three-star fullback from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, Calif., has a dozen scholarship offers but has come close to narrowing it down to two schools - USC (childhood favorite) and Stanford.

"I'd like to decide when football ends," Gaffney said. "I want to focus on our team right now and on winning and not really on recruiting. I may take a visit or two during the season but that's it."

He says the Trojans and Cardinal are 50/50. "It'll be a tough decision," he admitted.

"I grew up following Reggie Bush and USC for football," Gaffney said. "I just loved the way he played and how much excitement he brought to the game."

Although Gaffney has followed USC football, he says his favorite college baseball team was Stanford. "I've always liked Stanford baseball," he said. "It seems like they always have a strong team that does well."

Gaffney, ranked as the No. 3 fullback in the country by, is also being recruited for baseball (right field and center field). "I'm definitely doing both sports in college," he said. "All the coaches know that and they are okay with it."

He attended camps at both USC and Stanford during the summer.

"The USC camp was great," he said. "It's really the best of the best there and I feel like I did well. I thought I was pretty competitive and overall the camp was very productive.

"I just love the competitiveness of their program," he said. "They don't take losing well and always strive to go 12-0."

Gaffney admits that the USC/Stanford game is probably the game he's most looking forward to this year. "I can't wait for that game," he said. "Stanford is getting better and they beat USC last year and I know SC will want to prove something. I think it'll be an extremely exciting game and could go down to the end again."

The major factor that Gaffney credits for Stanford's improvement is head coach Jim Harbaugh. "Coach Harbaugh is doing a great job," he said. "He's got great enthusiasm and energy.

"Stanford has proven they are capable of winning big games," he said. "They just need some better athletes and more consistency."

Some of the other schools that have offered Gaffney are Notre Dame, Nebraska, San Diego State, Utah, Auburn, UCLA and a few others.

Although he says he's pretty set on either USC or Stanford, he admits he'd like to take a visit to Notre Dame or "an east coast school."

"The whole tradition at Notre Dame and what they've done there is great," Gaffney said. "I think coach Charlie Weis has definitely learned from their mistakes last year and I think they'll be on the uprise. He's a great coach and I think they'll have a pretty good season."

The only other schools that Gaffney has visited are San Diego State and UCLA. He admits the Bruins aren't recruiting him very hard. "I haven't really talked with the new coaches much," Gaffney admitted. "I got the offer from the old staff, but they did tell me I still had the offer but they haven't really been recruiting me."

Gaffney finished his junior season (10-2) with close to 1,600 yards rushing and 28 touchdowns. "I'm explosive and I play hard."

His first game is on Sept. 5 against Steele Canyon High School.

Gaffney comes as quite a package. He says he can bench press 330-pounds and has a 36-inch vertical jump to go along with his 4.5 forty speed.

Gaffney says he plans to major in communications and reports a 3.3 core GPA and a 1790 SAT.

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