West Connects with Michigan Coaches

Lima (OH) Central Catholic DB Darius West made his way to Michigan's campus for spring practice Friday. By the time he left his already favorable view of the Michigan coaching staff had received a significant boost.

Darius West had been to Michigan’s campus a number of times, but he’d never had a great deal of one-on-one interaction with the coaching staff.  That changed Friday, making the experience one to remember.

“It went real good,” West said reflecting upon the visit.  “I got to talk to coach Hoke and talk to all of the coaches.  I was the only recruit there so I got to spend a lot of time with them.  I got to sit in a meeting with Coach Mallory and watch him while he was talking to the DBs.  I also watched him coach them at the practice.  We’re getting real close.  Me and him are getting real tight.  I can see him coaching me one day.”

“The coaches are cool.  We were joking around and everything.  They want me to come back up for camp because they’re only signing one corner and one safety for (the 2014) class.”

That’s a challenge West believes he is up to.  He was among the standouts at Michigan’s camp last summer, and if he were to build upon that performance in June he could rewarded with an offer.  And since he is confident in his ability to also play corner, he isn’t really concerned with which position he’d be offered for.

“(Camp) is basically what it’s going to come down to,” he stated.  “I like safety, but it really doesn’t matter to me. I’m 6-0, 195… and the forty I ran down at the (Best of the Midwest) camp was a 4.5.  I’m faster than that.  That was the first forty I ran in a while.”

Even with 16 offers already to his credit, the Buckeye State star content to wait and see what else develops. A big reason why is a few of his favorites haven’t extended scholarships yet.

“I’m thinking about trying to make (my decision) sometime after my senior season,” West reported.  “I’m going to narrow (my list) down before my season starts. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Kentucky, and Louisville (are the current favorites). I feel like Ohio State is going to offer me. Michigan State said when I get on campus they’re going to offer me, so I’m trying to get down there and see what it’s like.”

And as for Michigan, a conversation with a former Wolverine standout during Friday’s visit to Ann Arbor convinced West that he has a definite chance at a Maize & Blue offer as well.

“I talked to Denard Robinson and he was real cool,” the four-star prospect said.  “He was telling me that the coaches weren’t going to try to (play games) with me.   They’re going to be honest with me.  They don’t have time to play around with recruits because in our class they only have 16 scholarships.  That was good to hear from him.”

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