West Saw Perfect Fit

Bethlehem, Pa., native Jarrod West had many colleges offering him to become part of their 2011 recruiting class, but only one stood out to him when it came to getting an outstanding education while still offering him the opportunity to make an immediate impact on the football field.

Jarrod West will be suiting up for Syracuse this season and we spoke to him on Friday afternoon about why he chose the Orange.

"I'm going to be part of the 2010 class at Syracuse, so I'll be reporting on July 5th," West said. "At the end of the signing period I sat down and saw that Syracuse had a great coach and a great school after talking to a bunch of other programs that wanted to offer and just decided that it was the best place for me. I just feel like I have a great opportunity to play early because they have a big need for immediate impact wide receivers which I feel I definitely can be. I talked to Coach (Doug) Marrone on Thursday and he told me to get ready as soon as possible and be prepared to get on the field soon. They want me to be able to handle things right from the start."

"I mean, I talked to Penn State who wanted me too, but they had 130 people in a class room and I want to have more of a student-teacher focus in academics and also I want a place where I know they're counting on me to go in and make a difference immediately," West explained. "I also really liked the entire staff. Coach Wheatley, Coach Moore and Coach Marrone were all great with me. These guys have been in the pros before and have all of these little tips they can give you to make you a better player on the field and more aware as a person off of the field."

"Obviously I liked the facilities, the Carrier Dome and the campus, but the first thing to me was getting a great education and making a big impact on a program. I also want to get into a great communications school and Syracuse definitely offers that, so it was a great fit for me."

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