Charles West to Make Official Visit to BYU

Not this weekend, when BYU hosts Utah State, but next weekend after the Cougars face Central Florida on the road, a Texas running back will be heading down to Provo for an official visit. The reason is simple. He wants to get the recruiting process out of the way and BYU is one of his top schools.

Last week against LD Bell High School, Coppell High School running back Charles West made an impact despite not touching the ball all that much. What stands out about West is that he can be a game breaker in so many ways.

“During our last game I had a kick return for 75 yards, one rush for 85, and I only touched the ball four times,” said West. “I had a reception that went for 80 yards for a touchdown. Then I had one more on the ground or something like that. I only had four carries.

“I don’t know what my season stats are but I’ve been looking. We have a new running backs coach and he doesn’t really keep the stats on us. So, I don’t know what they are to be honest with you.”

Coppell High School won the contest 42-3. As far as college teams goes, West believes BYU will defeat the Aggies of Utah State fairly easily. Next week he’ll be taking an official visit to BYU.

“Well, everyone knows they’re a good team,” said West with a chuckle. “I’m taking an official out the following week actually, and I’m really excited to get out there again. I’m excited because I’ll be able to hang out and meet the players. I mean, I met a lot of players there last year like their running back, but I want to meet and talk to some of the players again.

West wishes to return for an official to try and make sure BYU is a place he can see himself being at comfortably. He wants to meet with the coaches and see what college life is like while the students are on campus.

“Well, I just want to go and have one-on-one conversations with the coaches again,” said West. “I mean, when I was down there this past summer I pretty much saw everything. I didn’t really see where the athletes were though, so I kind of want to see the dorms and see a classroom or two. I just want to see how things are school-wise.

“Also, everyone will be out there and school will be going, so I’ll be on campus to see what it’s like when the students are there and in school. I just want to see what it’s like. I’ve been out there before during this last summer for the summer camp, so I’m excited to get out there again.”

Usually recruits take their officials after the season. In regards to BYU, the coaching staff reserves a weekend in January traditionally which many of the recruits can visit at the same time. With West coming out to BYU early that signals one thing.

“I don’t want to wait until the last minute to commit,” West said. “If I find that school in the near future to be good then why wait? The recruiting process is so hectic that I just feel I want to get it over with, so, yeah, it’s just a hassle on the student athlete. I feel things will calm down more and more around my school after I made my decision and know where I’m trying to get to.”

Basically this means he wants to make a decision on where to play college ball early.

“Yes sir,” West said with a chuckle in his voice.

Heading out to BYU to see what the university has to offer, which he already knows quite a bit about already. He wants to get a feel to see if BYU is truly the place.

“Yeah, I am because they have a great education and a great football team,” West said. “That’s why they’re among the top of my list.”

So, is there a good chance that West could commit to BYU while taking his official visit to BYU not this weekend but next?

“Well… I don’t know yet,” he said with a giggle in his voice. “We’ll have to wait and see. I don’t know yet but that could change while I’m there.”

Brandon Rice, who is a 5-11, 210-pound shifty back and fellow teammate of West, also has a BYU scholarship offer from Coach Mendenhall. Rice received his over the summer during BYU’s summer camp.

“I had my offer before but Brandon [Rice] got his offer when we were out there for the summer camp,” said West. “He did a really good job and tore it up, and that’s when he got his scholarship offer from BYU. It was a lot of fun being out there.”

If Charlie West were to commit to BYU, one has to wonder how much that will play into the decision of Brandon Rice to possibly follow.

“Brandon already loves it out there at BYU,” said West. “We both love it out there, and with me going out there and us knowing about the school would make it a bit possibility that could happen. With us playing together in high school and being good friends, I mean, it would be cool have him play with me at the college level.”

When it comes to a gaudy offer sheet, Charlie West’s is littered with 14 current offers. The problem is he can’t name them all but he can get half way through the list.

“I can’t name then all,” he said with a laugh. “I can name around six or seven or so, but I can’t remember the rest of them. I have Arkansas, BYU, Kansas State, Louisiana-Monroe, Tulsa, Nevada, Memphis, Texas Tech, and that’s about where I get stuck. There’s a couple of other schools but I can’t name them off the top of my head.”

This week BYU host Utah State at LaVell Edwards Stadium among what will be a rowdy and ruckus crowd of Cougar faithful. Charlie West won’t be there but he’ll more than likely watch the game.

“With BYU’s offense and that defense, I don’t know if Utah State stands a chance,” said West. “It’s never good when you’re starting quarterback [Chuckie Keeton] goes out. I think BYU’s going beat them 42 to 14.”

Stay tuned Cougar fans! We’ll have more from West after his visit to BYU next week.

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