Camp Tour Aids Ohio Safety

Lima Central Catholic safety Darius West is one of Ohio's top 2014 prospects, and he has been drawing a lot of recruiting attention the past few months. West was one of the top defensive backs at Ohio State's camp on Saturday.

Following an impressive sophomore season at Lima Central Catholic, Darius West was known as a safety prospect of note in the 2014 class in Ohio.

After an extensive summer camp tour, West (6-foot, 190-pounds) has added offers and put himself squarely on the radar of top BCS programs. His performance at the Ohio State camp on Saturday only validated his high ranking.

"It was great being at Ohio State's camp, but it really wasn't what I expected at all," West stated after camp ended. "They worked us so hard, and that surprised me. At the other camps I've been to they didn't work us this hard, but I loved it."

"It was great being around these coaches, and being pushed real hard out in this heat," he added. "I was happy I ran so well for the coaches, and my forty time was a 4.36, which they said was one of the fastest times out here all week."

West also showed the coverage ability college coaches are looking for, and when combined with his speed, he is going to be a heavily recruited player going forward.

"I talked to the Ohio State coaches, and they told me they are going to be all over me, and recruiting me very hard," he exclaimed. "They said they want me to start off my season well, because they are going to be watching. They said I'm in line for an offer if I keep working hard. I would love to have an offer from Ohio State, so that sounded good to me."

"I was a little disappointed in myself today, because I thought I got a little tired out there and that made me mad at myself," he continued. "I did well in about everything really, like in coverage and in the agility drills, so overall I'm happy with my performance."

With five offers to his credit, from Cincinnati, Illinois, Bowling Green, Akron and Toledo, West is hopeful more will be headed his way.

"I am very happy with how my recruiting gone, and I did well at all the camps I went to," he admitted. "To have these offers and knowing I still have two more seasons of high school is amazing. I never expected this to happen."

"My goal is to win two state titles for my school in the next two years," he added. "I want to keep my grades up where they are, and also keep working hard to keep getting better as a player. I'm pushing hard to get more offers, and put myself in position to sign a Division-I offer some day."


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