West Camping With BYU This Week

Not long ago, BYU extended an offer to a fast Texas running back out of Coppell High School. The speedy running back, who also runs track, is now on campus taking in the BYU summer camp experience along with everything else Provo has to offer.

Running back Charles West is blazing fast. His ability to find a crease in defenses and make plays in the open field is just one of the things he does well.

"I had 1,206 yards and 13 touchdowns, and I also had 245 yards receiving and six more touchdowns," West said. "I come in at around 5'10" and 187-pounds. My fastest forty time was 4.38 seconds and that was at the Army All-American combine in San Antonio. I feel I have really good speed and can hit the hole hard. I can also throw out the stiff arm. I have good hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield, so I can also play wide receiver if I have to."

Along with putting his speed to good use out on the football field, West also runs track at Coppell High School (TX) as well. His speed in the 100 meter event is very impressive.

"I run the 100, 200, 4x100, and I do high jump and long jump," said West. "I ran the 4x200 at the end of the season. The 100 meter is my event though. The fastest I've run that was a 10.42."

His speed and ability to rack up yardage on the field has gotten him noticed by college coaches. West currently has eight offers and one of those is from BYU.

"The colleges that have offered me are Toledo, Tulsa, Nevada, BYU, San Diego State, and Kansas State," said West. "I [also] have an offer from Memphis and Louisiana-Monroe and I think that's all of them. I'm just sitting back and letting the recruiting process [play out]. It's been a lot of fun."

West received word of his offer from BYU from Bronco Mendenhall on a phone call recently. Coach Mendenhall spoke to West, along with his uncle and mother, and expressed to them that he was indeed extending a scholarship offer to Charles.

"They talked to my coaches first and told me that BYU is really interested in me and about a possible BYU scholarship," said West. "I talked to BYU's head coach and had a conversation with him. He talked to my uncle and my mom and he said he wanted to offer me. He was talking to me about all the things that BYU has to offer.

"Coach Mendenhall seems like a great man and a great coach. He seems like the kind of guy who is a great family man and cares about people. I know he cares about his players being more than just great football players. I've heard about that so I'm looking forward to meeting him in person."

With an offer in hand, West is currently in Provo camping at BYU's summer camp.

"They're saying I'm a good running back and they like my style," West said. "I'll be flying in on Sunday and will be in Provo [today] and Tuesday."

West spent time today with Coach Mendenhall at lunch following the morning camp session. He plans on attending some other activities with friends, and fellow Coppell teammates, Scott Huntsman and Austin Hansen following camp events.

"Yeah, we plan on going hiking up in the mountains," said West. "We don't have any mountains out here in Texas, so I'm really excited to go hiking and check out the area. I also want to see the school and experience the whole atmosphere while I'm visiting."

Coming in at around 6'5", 220-pounds, tight end Scott Huntsman has the size and speed (4.59 forty, 4.2 shuttle) to be a very good wide out, or flex-tight end, at the next level. Charles West believes he's going to open up some eyes at BYU's camp.

"Yeah, Scott is really good and I'm going with him down to BYU's camp [this week]," West said. "He's a really good player and has D1 size, speed, hands, and I think he could play wide out. Our coaches at Coppell have him at tight end because he's such a good blocker. I think he's got the speed to play outside receiver. After they see him in person I'm pretty sure they'll want to offer him. He's going to open up some eyes while he's there."

Huntsman, who is LDS and a big BYU fan, has spoken to his fellow teammate and friend Charles West about BYU and what the university has to offer.

"He says it's a good school and they're a program that's one of the best in the country," said West. "They also have a great business program there, which is what I want to major in. I know they've got a great business school out there, so I want to go check that out."

While the Coppell High School boys take in the sights and sounds of BYU, Charles West has some specific interests in mind while on campus. He wants to see the campus and get a feel for the unique environment BYU has to offer.

"I'm excited to go out to BYU and explore everything they have," said West. "I want to see the campus, the housing, the dorms, and all aspects of what BYU has to offer. I want to look at a great athletic program nationally that likes to run the ball a lot. I want to go to a place where they're not afraid to play freshmen. I want to come in and I want to compete to play. I'm determined to play as a freshman. I'm also looking for a college where the coaches are like a family."

TotalBlueSports.com will follow up with Charles West to get a full report on his BYU camp experience after camp concludes.


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