West Adds Name to Commitment List

Florida running backs haven't fared too badly at Iowa State in recent years. Now another talented rusher from the Sunshine State will try to make an impact of his own after committing to the Cyclones on Friday.

ISU picked up its 16th commitment for the Class of 2003 when Citra (Fla.) North Marion tailback Mike West made his decision. He did so after getting a visit from running backs coach Tony Alford earlier in the week.

West rushed for more than 1,500 yards on 230 carries in the regular season and scored 15 touchdowns, leading North Narion into the Class 3A state playoffs. Although Cyclone coaches made it clear he would play offense, West made an impact on defense as well, racking up 65 tackles and one interception.

In addition to ISU, Southern Mississippi, Troy State, Central Florida, South Florida and Illinois State had all offered West scholarships.

"They offer a lot of stuff to running backs," said West in a November interview with Cyclone Nation. "I guess they've got a pretty good running back next year. I have watched two of their games already this year."

West is the type of no nonsense runner that has thrived at ISU in recent seasons.

"I like to run north and south, and just get positive yards," he said. "I like to run it up in there and don't like to go east and west too much. They've seen the film on me and have liked the way I perform. I went to the NIKE camp over the summer and a lot of the coaches know I went to it, so word has gotten around."

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