DE Westbrook Done with Visits, Set To Choose

It's getting close to decision time for Tevin Westbrook, a 6-foot-6, 264 pound defensive end out of North Broward Prep. Fresh off a series of official visits and signing day in just a few days, the stand-out D-End will make his college choice on Monday. Read on and find out about his latest visits, what schools are in the race, and who's not.

The finish line is in sight for North Broward's Tevin Westbrook, a 6-foot-6, 264-pound defensive end, that is one of the top uncommitted prospects on the Bulls board. He visited USF two weeks ago and over the weekend, he took an official visit to Florida, his fifth and final one.

"He said he enjoyed it, was impressed with it and had a great time," said his Coach Roland Nottage. "Of course that was to be expected with Florida. They do a good job on the visits and they're a good bunch of guys."

Westbrook didn't commit to the Gators while on his visit, but something should be known very soon.

"He has not made a decision yet," said Coach Nottage. "By tomorrow we should know something."

Westbrook has already taken official visits to UCONN, Purdue, UNC, USF, and UF, and four of those schools are still in the running.

"The schools he's considering are the ones that he took visits to," said Nottage. "UCONN, Purdue, USF, and UF. UNC is no longer in the running."

Last week Tevin received visits by coaches from Florida, Purdue, Connecticut, and USF. Minnesota also stopped in, but they aren't one of his finalists, as he likes the four programs he's narrowed it down to.

"Each school he visited had a positive for him, he's just trying to figure out what's the best fit for him, and the guys he'll be with, that's important to him, and that's what he's measuring. The guys he'll be with and how they'll treat him. He wasn't leaning one way or the other when we spoke. He was tired and wanted to think about it overnight with his family."

With four schools in the running, Coach Nottage said what Tevin is looking most for in making his college choice.

"He's looking at academics, and he wants a good family atmosphere," said Nottage. "That's what is most important to him."

Coach Nottage gave his insight into why he thinks Tevin is a special player, and why teams want him.

"Basically it's his athleticism for such a big guy, he's 6-foot-6, 260 and he can move. "He ended up with 15 sacks for the season, and also had 37 tackles for a loss, those are the big numbers. He's still a raw player and doesn't have years of experience, he's only played football for two and a half years. But with his size and athleticism, once teams get him in their program, and he develops, watch out."

With his size and athleticism one could draw comparisons of potential to a former Bull Jason Pierre-Paul, who's now with the New York Giants.

"When you have someone with that athletic ability, and they're that big, the sky's the limit of what they can do," said Nottage. "Didn't Pierre-Paul go in the 1st round? Guys that size you just don't get that too often. Two things you can't coach is size and speed."

Cottage said that Tevin is aware of the different players that schools have put into the NFL, but that's not his main factor.

"I don't think that is as big as him feeling comfortable with the team he is with," said Nottage. "Being accepted, and being part of something that is going to be tight. I think that is what's important to him."

The schools that are pursuing Westbrook won't have to wait long as Tevin plans to make his decision on Monday.

"Tevin told me he wanted to make his decision on Monday," said Nottage. "We're going to sit down with his family and we're going to try and figure out what is the best fit for him, the best place for him to play, and where he can be an asset."

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