West Likes Iowa

Ryan West likes what he see from the University of Iowa. The Oswego (Ill.) QB talks about his recruitment with Hawkeye Insider.

Ryan West familiarized himself with the Iowa football program with two trips from his Illinois home to the school this spring. He watched a Hawkeye practice and attended the open practice on Saturday in Kinnick Stadium.

This strong-armed quarterback from Oswego (Ill.) High is receiving interest from schools across the country. He's seeking his first scholarship offer.

"I really like what I've seen at Iowa and I feel like we're building a good relationship," the 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal caller said. "I'm going to go to one of their one-day camps this summer. They've said if I do really well that a scholarship offer could come at that time. They just want to see me throw."

West said he's hearing from Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Boston College, Missouri, Western Michigan, Northwestern, Vanderbilt and Nebraska.

"Iowa and Missouri definitely stand out to me," West said.

West said he will attend a one-day camp at Missouri this summer. Western Michigan and Vanderbilt are scheduled to see him throw at Oswego on Monday. Illinois and Indiana also are interested in seeing him live.

West said he was invited to camps at Miami, Nebraska and TCU. He declined because they conflict with the Iowa and Missouri events.

West says accuracy, arm strength, a quick release, scrambling ability, quick reads and pocket presence are the strengths of his game. He's working on quickness and strength. He also wants to work on not forcing the ball when nothing his there at times.

Oswego runs a spread and West works out of the shot gun most often. He feels like he can adjust to being under center.

West has spoken to Iowa coaches Kirk Ferentz, Reese Morgan, Eric Johnson and Ken O'Keefe.

"They've told me they like my accuracy and my arm," he said.

West's top two schools run much different offenses. Iowa employs the pro-style while Missouri uses a spread.

"I think I fit equally well into both of them," West said. "I think I can have success in either system."

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