July 16, 2010

West sees numbers rise

The off-season has seen Keller (Tex.) wide receiver Steven West increase his size, strength and speed to go along with impressive production on the field. West has turned that upswing in measurables into two scholarship offers.

West said he has grown to 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and has dropped his 40-yard dash time from 4.51 to 4.41, while increasing his bench press to 295 and his squat to 450. Academically, he has scored a 1450 in the SAT and a 3.54 grade-point average.

Last season West caught 53 passes for 1,009 yards and 12 touchdowns for a 2-7 Fossil Ridge High School. The result was a second team All-State selection, first team All-District honors and the Fort Worth Star-Telegraph's All-Super Team.

"I will go up and get the ball," West said when asked his strengths. "I am a great route runner - so I've been told by coaches. I am a team player. I am not going to show selfishness on the field, great. If I get 10,000 catches, great too. I am not going to beat you down. I have somewhat elusive speed. People can't see it off the line, but when I get off the line, but when I get on your feet most people don't catch me."

West currently holds offers from Colorado State and Rice, while hearing from Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt, Boise State, Arkansas, New Mexico and Southern Illinois. West visited Rice early this month and will be in Tulsa this weekend for a camp. He also hopes to get to Stillwater before the fall.

"OSU has always been my favorite," West said. "I don't know why. I like their tradition, their athletics and academics. Rice was my first offer and for academics you can't get get better than Rice. Colorado State figures into my decision because it was my number two offer and they have good athletics. Also, I like Baylor, Cal and Arizona."

West plans to Major in Engineering or Higher Education and said he wants to find a school whose degree means something to corporate America. He also has designs for what he wants in a football program as well - namely an offense that is willing to put the ball in the air.

"I want a school that plays hard, plays teams that are worth something," West said. "I don't want to go to a school where you are the heavy hitter in the conference and just beat up on the other schools. I want to be challenged every day."

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