West heads South

Hard-hitting safety John West (6-2, 190, 4.4) of the North Dakota State College of Science has seen all the snow he wants to this week and is ready to head to the University of Arkansas for his official visit this weekend.

Now that the blizzard is over, John West can't wait to head South.

West (6-2, 190, 4.4), a standout junior college safety from the North Dakota State College of Science, was worried that his scheduled visit to the University of Arkansas beginning this Friday, was going to be short-circuited by the snow.

"We had two days of a snow blizzard up here and I was getting a little worried, sir," West said. "But it's stopped and I am going to be able to get out now. You can imagine how I can't wait to get down the to South."

West actually got a visit from Arkansas assistants Chris Vaughn and Mike Markuson on Monday.

"I think they had to stick around awhile because of the snow, but we had a nice visit," West said. "I really like Coach V. He's young and cool and talked about how they had a place for me and thought I could make an immediate impact. They have always had the reputation of having strong, agressive safties who blitz and make plays and I think I could be just another in the line of those."

West has eliminated Kansas State from his list due to the retirement of Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder, but has scheduled visits to Minnesota (Dec. 9-11) and Iowa State (Dec. 16-18) in addition to the Arkansas one.

"I have five scholarship offers from Arkansas, Minnesota, Iowa State, Missouri and Kansas State," West said. "Right now I have the three visits set to take. But the one to Iowa State is on Dec. 16 and that's when I graduate."

The fact that he is a mid-term graduate and could go through spring practice has Arkansas and the others excited about the possibility of getting him on board.

"I know there is a day in December that I could sign or I could wait through the dead period and just show up somewhere in January the way I understand it," West said. "I'll just have to get down to Arkansas, see what happens and go from there."

Vaughn and Markuson got West even more excited about his upcoming visit.

"I know a lot about Arkansas, but I am also looking to be surprised since it is my first trip South," West said. "I'm looking to be amazed. That's what I expect, especially about how wild their fans are."

West had four interceptions and over 50-plus tackle this season for a team that finished its season with a 19-2 win over Joliet (Ill.) Junior College in the Graphic Edge Bowl.

"We played really well in that game and it was a good one to go out on," West said. "Now I am just focused on the next level."

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