North Broward's Tevin Westbrook, a 6-foot-6, 264-pound defensive end from Coconut Creek, FL, is getting close to ending his recruitment after taking his fourth official visit this past weekend to check out the South Florida Bulls
"I took a trip over to see USF this weekend," said Westbrook. "It was nice, and I enjoyed myself."
Westbrook didn't get into Tampa Friday because North Broward had a basketball game against Pine Crest and Tevin plays center.
"I couldn't come in Friday because of the game," said Westbrook. "I had 13 points and 11 rebounds, but we lost."
Tevin drove over the next morning to see what USF had to offer, arriving around 8 a.m. with his parents, who liked what they saw in Tampa.
"We went on a tour of the campus, ate breakfast, met with the coaches, and basically saw the school," said Westbrook. "The campus was nice, I liked the football facilities, the weight room and new practice fields were nice too. I saw a lot of construction of all the new stuff they're building. It was all good."
"We also got to see the area around the school," said Westbrook. "We went over to Busch Gardens to eat, that was pretty cool. Later in the evening we went downtown to eat. It was all nice, Tampa is a cool city.
"I went up with my mom and dad," said Westbrook. "They liked it and thought it was a good school."
The North Broward stand-out was hosted on his visit by Bulls freshman defensive end Ryne Giddins and also got to spend time with other USF players while on the visit.
"Ryne was a real cool dude, he told me all about the school, and that he liked it there," said Westbrook. "I also got to meet a lot of the guys on the D-line, and a couple of other players. They're all cool and all really love it there, and all enjoy being there. They talked about how good the coaching staff was, and that it would be a good place for me.
While on campus he also had a chance to speak with the USF coaching staff, as well as head Coach Skip Holtz.
"I talked with a lot of the staff, but mostly with the defensive line coaches, Vernon Hargreaves and Kevin Patrick," said Tevin. "Coach Hargreaves is a cool dude and seems to know what he's talking about, and wants what's best for the program. He spoke to me about me coming in and making an impact, and all about the program and the school. I like him and we have a good relationship. Coach Patrick is cool also, he's funny as hell, and I like him."
"Coach Holtz seems like a real good guy, and seems to know what he wants" said Westbrook. "He basically told me the same thing that he likes me, and thinks I can make an impact on the football program. The whole staff seems very down to earth, and I liked them."
The 6-foot-65, 264-pound defensive lineman ended his senior season with 15 sacks, six tackles for loss, and 2 fumbles recovered, and is being recruited for defensive end. He said he looks at depth charts, but getting on the field early isn't a main concern.
"Getting on the field early isn't a big thing for me," said Westbrook. "All the teams have players, and I'll probably red shirt anyways, so it's not a big deal."
Westbrook has received 16 offers, including Connecticut, Purdue, South Florida, Texas A&M, West Virginia, and Central Florida, but has narrowed his focus to Florida, North Carolina, Purdue, Connecticut, and South Florida. He's already visited UCONN, Purdue, UNC, USF, and is set to visit UF on Jan 14.
"I don't have a leader right now," said Westbrook. "I don't really have a top three or anything. I haven't sat down and thought about it yet."
Coming in to the weekend Tevin said he already knew some about USF and the football program, but was able to learn more during his visit.
"I got to know about the school, the atmosphere, the program, and about the area that it's in," said Westbrook. "USF is a good school, and is an up-an-coming program, the visit helped and I enjoyed it."
Westbrook talked about what he's looking for in a program to make his choice.
"Academics for one, and I'm basically looking for a program that the players love," said Westbrook. "I'm looking for a place where I'll be comfortable at and a place that we'll make me a better football player."
As to when he'll be making his college choice, Westbrook said he doesn't believe he'll wait until signing day.
"I'll make my decision after my last visit," said Westbrook. "I'm not sure when though."
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