The Lost Oklahomans: Lorenzo West

I'd been thinking about starting this series for a while now. After watching from my seat in the press box and then strolling down to the field to watch the second quarter up close as Lawton MacArthur and McAlester staged an unbelievable and absolutely off the chart, crazy, and satisfyingly entertaining Class 5A semifinal Friday night, I have decided to launch "The Lost Oklahomans."

Thanks to Lorenzo West, the first player featured in "The Lost Oklahomans," the Lawton Mac Highlanders came back in overtime to beat McAlester and powerful OU commitment and Buffaloes quarterback Dalton Wood 50-49 in overtime.

"The Lost Oklahomans" is a group of five players as it stands right now that I would love to see committed to a Division I school in Oklahoma. I hate to see them go out of state because I think they can really contribute. I know that I am not a professional coach and that what I get paid to cover recruiting pales in comparison to what college coaches are paid to bring home the bacon in the process but my defense is that I have been doing this a long time.

I did not know Lorenzo West before Friday night, but I wished I had. This is a typical kid that has not made it to any camps or combines but is just a good football player, and in West's case also a talented track athlete as he was a member of the Lawton MacArthur state championship 800-meter relay team.

The guy can fly and I sized him up on the field and he is at least 5-11 and I would say somewhere around 170 to 175 pounds. He played safety primarily as a junior but this season has been a wide receiver and cornerback. I don't know his season stats, but in the win over McAlester he opened the scoring by catching a wide receiver screen from talented Highlanders quarterback Will Collins and then turned on the jets down the sideline outrunning several defenders for a 61-yard touchdown.

West finished with 12 receptions for 231 yards. He runs good routes and does an excellent job of running back to Collins and putting himself in position to be a target when the play breaks down. He does a good job of getting body position or posting his defender and when he gets the chance on a deep route can really run by defenders. After the catch he is good with a great burst to clear himself out of traffic and get distance.

Maybe the most impressive aspect of West's play is he is also a very good blocker. When the play went away from him and even once on a Collins scramble to the side, West was on he made blocks that totally took his defender out of contention on the play.

I have no idea what West's academics are but if he is in the ballpark of qualifying then it would be a shame if no school takes a big swing at getting him. He is a definite "baller" and could play on my team any time.

You can see that Collins, a pretty fair quarterback that I really liked when I saw him this summer at Elite 11 in Arlington, Texas, looks for him when the situation is large and game deciding. It was a four-yard completion to West on fourth-and-goal in overtime that provided the winning score in the semifinal against McAlester. It was his 26-yard catch earlier in the fourth quarter that gave Mac its first lead in the contest.

Lorenzo West is an Oklahoma high school standout that needs to be found.

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