Getting the offer on Monday from Coach Gus Malzahn after working closely with Auburn quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on his camp visit. West said the goal for him was just to get better. Adding the offer was just icing on the cake.
“When I go to a camp, any camp, that’s not really what I’m expecting,” West said. “I’m just going there to get better and learn because you don’t get that many opportunities to learn from guys like Coach Lashlee and Coach Malzahn, who are two of the best coaches in football today.”
Something that West wanted to see on his visit was how Lashlee did things while working with the quarterbacks and also how the Auburn system would fit with his game. After spending his entire day getting coached by the Tigers’ coaches he said he now has a good feel for what Auburn is all about.
“Getting to work with him, it was the first time I have gotten to work with him. I have talked to him a couple of times before and he definitely knows what he’s doing. What they’ve done with quarterbacks, Nick Marshall obviously; he was a DB and changed to quarterback.
“They definitely know what they’re doing with quarterbacks there,” he added. “The biggest takeaway I got was how they do things. They are predominantly a gun (shotgun) team and I thought I learned a lot about what they do and how I would fit.”
Admittedly a fan of Alabama growing up, West said he’s been a lot of games in Tuscaloosa but has yet to see a game in Jordan-Hare Stadium but hopes to be in for this year’s Iron Bowl. However he has been on the sidelines in one game there, last season’s 6A title game loss to Clay-Chalkville. With a strong connection to Alabama, West said he won’t let that impact his decision three years down the road.
“That will not play a factor at all,” West said of his Alabama ties. “I’m completely open and I’m going to take this day by day. Being a fan of a team is not going to affect my college decision. It’s going to be a place where I want to go and a place that will help prepare me for life in general and not just a football player, but be a good person.”