Showing the ability to cover receivers on an island and showing the speed to turn and run, Westry impressed the coaching staff and Gus Malzahn enough to earn an offer after the day was done. It was a big one for one of the fast rising prospects in Florida but he said it‘s not going to change how he handles the process at this point.
“I did get the offer,” Westry said. “Coach Malzahn just said they liked how I moved in the camp. It’s a very good feeling for me but my key thing is to stay humble because you never know what might happen tomorrow. I just want to keep humble and keep faith in God.
“Coming to the camp it was probably one of the nicest camps I have been to,” he added. “The coaches and players actually interact with you. I like that a lot and I learned a lot from the camp. I performed well. I really liked the indoor facility. I feel like it was worth the seven hours it took to come up from Jacksonville.”
Chris Westry gets ready for action on Sunday
Spending much of the day with Smith, Westry said he got a great opportunity to get some work in with the veteran coach. Earning a spot with the top group because of his work in drills and one-on-one situations, the talented 2015 prospect said he could see himself playing for Smith down the road because he understands how he does things.
“Coach Smith is probably one of the best coaches I have worked with next to my high school coach,” Westry said. “I actually didn’t feel a change between him and my high school coach. I felt like they were on the same page even though they don’t know each other. I just really enjoyed him because he’s a go-getter. He’s a guy that gets after it. He’s not going to waste his time. He’s going to get as much as he can out of the time he has with you.”
With the focus on defense switching to bigger defensive backs, Westry fits the mold of what teams are looking for. Because of that the more teams get to see him in person the more offers he adds to the table. Now understanding his value to a defensive scheme because of his size, Westry said it‘s just a blessing for him to be in this position.
“I can play on another level than a guy who is 5-8 and even 6-0 tall,” Westry said. “I can do a few more things. I’m just blessed to be the size I am and as athletic as I am. It’s all God.”
A player that should see his offer total continue to rise in the coming weeks and months, Westry said at the moment three schools are at the top of his list as he prepares to narrow things down for a possible fall decision.
“I have Florida, Auburn and USF is probably my top three,” Westry said. “I just feel like they (Auburn) are one big family. They are like conjoining units. There are no individuals, it’s all a team, one cohesive unit.”