West Still Weighing Options

After securing one commitment from one West (Chad), the Bearcats are hoping to land another West in the 2011 class in the form of offensive lineman Zach West.

Lexington Christian Academy offensive lineman Zach West recently cut his list to five schools, with Cincinnati making the cut for the services of the three-star lineman.

"Kentucky, Penn State, and this is no order by the way, Cincinnati, Tennessee and I don't think Auburn is going to offer anymore so I'm going to change it to Louisville as the fifth one," West said.

West was expecting an offer from Auburn after visiting a couple of weeks ago, but feels the Tigers' interest has cooled.

As far as what West, the number 17-ranked offensive guard by Scout.com, likes about Cincinnati:

"I really like coach (Don) Mahoney and coach (T.J.) Weist up there," West said. "They have a huge family atmosphere up there and everyone is really close. And the system they run up there is real close to the system we run in high school."

While West likes the idea of being in a system that is similar to one he already knows, he also wouldn't mind learning something new.

In choosing a school, West said the biggest factor for him is not necessarily the football aspect of a college.

"If I wasn't playing football it would need to be a place where I would be comfortable going to school, that's the number one factor (in choosing a school)," West said.

West was scheduled to visit Cincinnati yesterday (Sunday), but had to cancel due to a family emergency, but said he would definitely like to reschedule.

"I really do want to visit (Cincinnati) again, the coaches probably think I'm avoiding them (after canceling) but I really do want to return up there," West said.

Over the summer, West said he has lost about 25 pounds and is feeling and moving a lot better. Something that head coach Butch Jones has to like as his system requires a more lean and athletic lineman.

West said he would like to make a decision within the first two weeks of his senior season of high school.

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