The West side story: school, football, SAT

Stanford wide receiver commit Jarrod West caught up with The Bootleg this past week. Stanford has lost commits in the past, be they decommits or academic casualties. Will West fall into either category? Hear the latest from him, exclusively at TheBootleg.com.

Jarrod West (pronounced "Jared" West) publicly committed to play wide receiver for Stanford in June. However, that commitment doesn't mean West has fallen off the radar of other college recruiters.

"I'm still hearing from other schools," he said in an interview with TheBootleg.com earlier this week. "Some schools email me, I don't really email back. The one other school that calls me is Boston College. I'm definitely committed to Stanford. "

West says he talks weekly with the staff, assistants David Shaw and Greg Roman in particular. In the interview, West said Coach Roman was to come visit this past Friday.

"He's going to our game against Easton," West said. "They're a big rival, so we should do pretty well."

West then plans on returning the favor and visiting Stanford for its big rivalry game, as he is scheduled to take his official visit to the Cal game. (The Cardinal will hope to fare better than West's Hurricanes, who lost 28-7 to Easton.) West knows Stanford has lost some recent heartbreakers, but that doesn't dampen his enthusiasm for what he thinks possible the next four years.

"If you watch those games, they're one play away," he said.

Academically, West reports he has picked up the proverbial pace.

"I'm taking some AP classes and honors classes," he said of his senior year. "I have taken them in the past, but I am taking a couple of more.

"I don't have my first semester grades, but at end of last year, I had 3.9 [cumulative]. I get those results back in a couple of weeks. They want to see my first semester at Liberty. I'm halfway through the second quarter and once I get back to them, it should be fine."

The SAT is obviously also a major factor in college admissions. On the verge of receiving his results this past Thursday, West did have a target score in mind.

"Stanford said if you're in the 1500 range, with a 500 on each section, you're pretty solid."

Unfortunately for West, he didn't fare as well as he had hoped, he disclosed to The Bootleg this Monday. He adds that he now plans on taking the ACT, and The Bootleg will continue to follow West's journey through the world of standardized tests.

The final piece of the academic puzzle after grades and test scores is the application. Here too, West reports progress.

"I'm still working on the application, which should go well," he opines.

West is also starting to think about his academic life at Stanford, and got some advice from a wide receiver just a year ahead of him.

"I talk to Jamal-Rashad Patterson all the time," West said. "He gave me so much help and said if you fit your schedule right, it's not easy, but it's manageable."

Still, as appropriate, most of West's energy is presently focused upon the task immediately in front of him – his high school football season.

"Right now, I'm really focused on our season," he said. "We need the next games to get a high ranking in our district so we can make a run and then make State."

West's Hurricanes started off slow, but have rebounded to their current 5-4 mark.

"Our quarterback got hurt our first game," West reports. "We struggled and our D wasn't playing as well, our line was not blocking as well. But then we won five games in a row [before the loss to Easton] and every game has not even been close."

West's Hurricanes, on track to make the playoffs, have their star senior wide receiver to thank for much of their success. Heading into this past weekend, West reported 12 touchdowns, one on a kickoff return and the rest receiving, over 500 receiving yards and a 18.5 yards per catch average.

"I'm playing pretty well as an individual," he said. "We're doing really well this year and should finish really well."

Here at The Bootleg, we'll keep following Jarrod West, to see if his prediction comes true, and the rest of Stanford's recruits, prospects and commits to bring you all the latest news.


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