West Holds Several Offers

One of the top offensive linemen in the state of Kentucky resides in the boundaries of Lexington. With offensive linemen being a priority for Kentucky this season, are the Wildcats looking at Zach West?

With several quality prospects available in the 2011 class, the state of Kentucky will be visited regularly by coaches all over the region and even nationally. Zach West has already received attention from several of those schools and has some offers in hand as well.

"He's got a lot of 1-AA offers, but he's not interested in those. He's got offers from Troy and Cincinnati. Notre Dame is very interested. They told him he's on the top of their board," said coach Paul Rains of Lexington Christian Academy. "Penn State has offered. UK has talked to him, but they haven't come up with any offer. He's been over there four or five times on unofficials," said Rains.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle is clearly a skilled prospect, based on his offer list. But it's not just about his skills. "What separates him is his aggressiveness," said Rains. "He's got a mean streak in him. When he turns the switch on, he'll get after you. He had over 90 flat-backs this year," said Rains.

"We run a wide open offense. It's the same offense as Texas Tech. We run a fast pace, no huddle offense and a lot of screens. He does a good job of running out and blocking the corner. We run an inside-outside zone and the counter trey and he does a great job blocking," Rains continued. "He does a great job at pass blocking with his long arms. He's got super-strong hands. He locks up on you. He's the total package," Rains finished.

West still has room for improvement, but he has already started working on those trouble spots.

"The biggest thing with all offensive linemen is foot speed. We're doing extensive work to improve his foot speed and foot agility. And his strength is a natural strength. He needs to continue to build his strength in the weight room," said Rains.

"He graded out this year over 90 percent in all 15 games. He made very few errors. He did a great job pass blocking and run blocking. I had several coaches say he was the best football player who participated in the six state championship games this season.

Aside from his offers, West is drawing interest and getting film requests from Louisville, Miami, Tennessee, Ohio State and Wisconsin.


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