“Well, I’m a Cougar now!” West said with excitement in his voice. “I’m feeling pretty stoked and happy about it with my decision to be a Cougar!”
In front of family and friends, Charles West had three hats SMU, BYU, and SDSU laid in front of him. He put on the blue and white cap with BYU on it signifying his commitment.
“I had family and friends come over to my house and we had a little video of me in my living room,” West said. “By the end of the video I was a Cougar. I had my brother around me and my nephew, my uncle, my mom, Scott [Huntsman] and his dad [Kirk Huntsman] and my close friend Austin. We all sat in my living room and took a little video of the whole thing. It really cool and I did the whole hat picking ceremony.”
Following the hat ceremony, West called up Guy Holliday and let him know that he was committing to be a BYU Cougar.
“I called up Coach Holliday and let him know that I committed today,” West said. “He was very excited to know that I’m coming to Provo and that I’m a BYU Cougar. He loved it and he’s ready. He’s all fired up!”
Guy Holliday and Mark Atuaia were West’s primary recruiters. Both Cougar coaches, along with BYU Recruiting Coordinator Geoff Martzen, did an outstanding job of landing Coppell High School’s star running back.
“Coach Holliday and Coach Atuaia are who I spoke to a lot during the recruiting process,” said West. “I really talked to those guys a lot, and they did a great job in recruiting me to BYU. I’m excited to play for those guys.”
Coach Holliday and Coach Atuaia are just two reasons why West felt BYU was the right place for him. Besides the great offensive coaches found at BYU, West felt there was more of a reason to commit than just great coaches. He believes great coaches coupled with a great program, academics, and environment was just too much for him to pass up the opportunity.
“It’s just a great coaching staff and I’ve really gotten to know the coaching staff during the recruiting process,” West stated. “They’re great men and great examples and the type of men you want to be like. BYU is a great academic institution, so there are many reasons why I wanted to go there. I want to be more than just an athlete. I also want to be a great man as well, and BYU is a place with great morals and standards that can benefit my life. I also feel that I can have a great chance of playing right away as a true freshman. I’m really looking forward to going to BYU.”
There is a chance that West could see early playing time. His on-field speed is evident in his highlight film, where West has the ability to break away from defenders. He hopes to bring that same elusive running style to BYU’s offense.
“I’m going to bring my elusive speed and quickness to BYU’s offense,” West said. “I’ve been working out twice a day and getting bigger, stronger, and faster. I feel like I need to grow a little and weigh around 190 right now, so I can get a little bigger but want to get a little faster as well. I’m just going to bring a complete back to BYU’s backfield.”
Last season West was running through, around, and by opponents all season long. Scout.com’s Midlands recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks said, “I saw West pull away from Cedar Hill's defense on a long TD run. Cedar Hill is a two-time defending state champion in the state's second-largest playoff division and has double-digit college players on the roster, including a Tennessee-bound CB and a P5-bound linebacker. West is a bona fide home run-hitter. A real burner. He's also stronger than you'd expect for a 5-10, 187-pound guy.”
Charles West’s season stats back up Gabe Brooks’ comments. West was a force to reckoned with all season long.
“This past season I had 163 carries for 1,465 yards and scored 13 touchdowns,” said West. “I had six or seven receiving touchdowns and four or five punt returns for touchdowns. That’s about it.”
At BYU, West will be accompanied by best friend and fellow Coppell High School athlete Scott Huntsman. Huntsman- who at 6-5, 225-pounds played defensive end and tight end- turned down five scholarship offers including a Big 10 offer from Purdue to take a preferred walk-on position at BYU. Texas A&M also offered Huntsman a preferred walk-on position as well. West is excited he’ll be playing alongside his best friend at BYU.
“That just helps me because Scott is one of my best friends,” said West. “It really means a lot to have him out there with me. It’s going to be exciting having him out there because we’ve played tackle football together in high school, and now we’re going to be playing together in college. It’s going to be exciting for us to be out there together.”