According to Desmond Gumbs, the head coach of Wilson Prep in Oakland, California, that's probably putting it a bit lightly. "I know he's the best I have seen in the bay area," he said. "The kid can literally do it all."
Standing 6 foot, 1 inches tall and weighing 195 pounds, West has the physique to back that up, but his coach says it goes farther than that. "If you want him at corner, he's got the hips, but if you want him at linebacker, he'll come up and hit you," Gumbs said. "He plays offense for us, defense as well and he's even our punter."
Last season DeAndre scored two touchdowns on fake punts. That gave him a total of 15 touchdowns on offense, four via the pass and the rest coming on the ground. In total DeAndre accumulated 1,500 yards running the ball.
On defense he's no slouch either, totaling over 100 tackles playing the linebacker position.
Yeah, the kid can do it all.
As for what Nebraska is going to do with DeAndrea, coach Gumbs said that the Huskers are recruiting him as a defensive back, but he said that with West's versatility, they indicated that he could be on the offensive side as well.
Nebraska's timing with this commit probably couldn't be better, according to the head coach. Forget his size and the year he had, because it's been the recent weeks, which have sent his name up the charts. "The attention has been really picking up lately now that the coaches can come and visit," Gumbs said. "I am sure that if I checked the box today, there might be a couple of more offers, because his name has gotten really hot lately."
Nebraska was one of the first on West and it's ironic according to his head coach, because Nebraska was one school, where he always wanted to go. "That was just kind of a fluke thing, because I know DeAndre liked Nebraska a lot, with (Bill) Callahan being the old coach of the Raiders," he said. "He liked them and he liked UCLA."
Now that Nebraska has him, though, coach Gumbs is excited about watching West, because he thinks Nebraska got themselves a steal. "He's just an athlete, extremely fast, very physical, and there's nothing he can't do," he said. "Nebraska recruited him well, but their timing was pretty good too."
"I think DeAndre's name is still going to get out there, because he's just that good of an athlete. Nebraska got themselves a good one – that's for sure."
Outside of Nebraska, Boise State was the other written offer West had at this point.