Having added only one true offensive lineman in last season's class, Alabama is looking to sign several talented big men this time around. And the commitment of West (6-4, 275 pounds) is certainly big.
"He is the kind of offensive lineman that every coach wants," said Coach Randy Martin of Northeast Jones High School about his star athlete.
Carrying an honors-level 4.5 grade point average, West is an excellent student who will obviously have no trouble qualifying. He is taking advanced placement courses his senior year and has scored a 23 on the ACT.
West's head coach reports that he works just as hard on the playing field and has a continuous desire to improve as an athlete. "He's a strongside offensive right tackle for us," Martin said, "with the ability to pull and dominate his man."
A native of Laurel, Mississippi, West's decision to sign with Alabama was not a surprise to his friends. "I grew up following the Tide," West said. "I fell in love with the program during the Gene Stallings/Jay Barker days."
West's best clocking so far in the 40-yard dash is 5.20, and the big man also sports a 24-inch vertical leap. "He has very quick feet," Martin said. "And he plays with a mean streak. He's definitely not passive."
Following his junior season, West was named All-County and All-District first team. West is also a versatile athlete, handling placekicking duties for his high school squad.
West has been dedicated to the weight room this summer, arriving to work out at 5 a.m. The early time is necessary since his summer job starts at seven. West bench presses 385 pounds, squats 550, and power cleans 320.
The big man has camped at Alabama in the past and plans to take part in the upcoming mini-camp this Saturday (July 13).
West chose the Tide over offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, West Virginia and Marshall.