West Breaks Down Final Four

Ohio safety Darius West has narrowed down his college choices and gives FOX Sports NEXT a look at each program that made his final four.

Wednesday night Lima (Ohio) Catholic Central safety Darius West had seen enough and chiseled down his list of scholarship offers to Louisville, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Michigan State.

West breaks down each program that made his final four.


"Coach (Charlie) Strong, I just love his passion and his loyalty to the program," said West. "He came there and had a very successful season last year winning the Sugar Bowl and a Big East Championship. When he turned down that Tennessee offer, it just meant a lot to me and showed he's loyal to his recruits and his coaching staff."


"Wisconsin has won the last three Big Ten Championships and played in the past three Rose Bowls," said West. "They've always had a winning record and it's like a tradition there. From an academic standpoint, it's an amazing school and you know you'll get a great job coming from Wisconsin. I also like some of the coaches up there."


"Kentucky is all about Coach (Mark) Stoops," said West. "He came from Florida State and had the No. 1 defense in the nation last year. He's put a lot of players in the draft and had 11 total first round defensive backs go in the draft. He's really proven his ability to help put players in the league and for him to come to Kentucky and put together what they are doing right now with all the recruits just goes to show how much he loves Ohio football players. I love all the coaches there and have a personal relationship with all of them."

Michigan State

"Michigan State has had a top five defense the past few seasons and has been a winning program under Coach (Mark) Dantonio," said West. "Coach Dantonio is a defensive minded guy and has been there for a while now. So you know he's going to be there for a long time. I've been around Coach (Mike) Tressel a lot as he recruited my former quarterback Tyler O'Connor a few years ago. So Michigan State was one of the first schools I talked with."

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