October 15, 2013

Will West head South?

As Baylor's coaching staff continues to build a rapport at Coppell, it's uncovering more and more worthy prospects including 2015 running back Charles West.

The group of running backs for this class is pretty impressive. While West (5-10, 187) may not have the name recognition that Plano West's Soso Jamabo or Rockwall's Chris Warren has, he is slowly building his resume.

Baylor hasn't offered West but the coaching staff has made its impression. West said he plans to visit this Saturday for homecoming against Iowa State. It would be his third consecutive appearance in Waco after visiting for the UL-Monroe and West Virginia games.

"Baylor started contacting me at the beginning of their season and I like what I've seen from them so far,'' West said. "I'm more of a speed back but I can also run with power. I really like talking with Jeff Lebby and learning a little more about the program.''

The explosiveness is developing as West matures. West started to emerge in 2012 splitting time and averaging 5.6 yards per carry. As the feature back for the Cowboys this year, he's nearly doubled that to 9.5. He's rushed for 747 yards and six scores thus far.

Sometimes, you have to measure who those yards are coming against. Coppell has played a demanding non-district schedule against the likes of Longview and No. 1 Allen. In those two games, West rushed for 110 and 113 yards and averaged 8.5 and 6.7 yards per carry. That says something.

"I guess I'm getting tripped up at the last minute and not getting that half yard for the first down,'' West said with a laugh. "I just read the holes and use my speed.''

And about that speed, West is currently test marketing some new Nike shoes and works out at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney. So last week he was electronically timed in the 40 at 4.39. That kind of go power has West on a lot of schools' watch list. It's gotta be the shoes.

West said he is drawing interest from the Bears, UCLA, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Louisiana Tech. Those programs haven't offered either.

"I think Baylor is close to offering but I just have to see what happens,'' West said. "I really like them. They're one of my favorite schools. I would definitely consider going there. I really like the way they use their running backs. That just appeals to me.''

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