Texas Tech Interested in Coppell Duo

The Red Raiders offered running back Charles West and tight end turned offensive tackle Connor Williams. The pair are teammates at Coppell High School. RaiderPower.com spoke with the new head coach of the Cowboys, Mike DeWitt, recently to get his take on each player.

Texas Tech is in the hunt for a pair of players from Coppell.

Running back Charles West, who visited Texas Tech earlier this month for the Red-Black game, recently mentioned Texas Tech as a leader to EDuck.com.

Coppell head coach Mike DeWitt summed up West's ability in one word.


DeWitt went more in depth after the one word analysis.

"He ran a 10.58 in the district track meet."

The newly named head coach who spent the past five seasons as Coppell's defensive coordinator also raved about West's leadership qualities. West is a vocal leader and a locker room favorite. DeWitt handpicked West to be on the school's leadership council.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back rushed for just under 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns and added another 262 yards, six scores receiving in 2013.

In addition to West, Coppell offensive lineman Connor Williams tweeted "Just got offered by Texas Tech #D1Bound GORAIDERS" on April 16. He also holds offers from Colorado, Colorado State, North Texas, Oklahoma, Purdue, TCU and Wake Forest.

According to DeWitt, Williams is not nearly as vocal as West, but that doesn't make him any less a leader.

"This morning, it was teacher appreciation, and our kids served breakfast. They made breakfast burritos for the teachers and he was there scrambling eggs this morning at 7 a.m."

DeWitt said his players also help out with the local elementary schools.

Community service is just one way Williams leads by example. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman recently moved from another position.

"In our offense last year, he was a big tight end, which essentially is a glorified tackle. This year we have no returning offensive lineman."

If that's not enough leadership for you, he recruited teammates to work out alongside him twice a week. The work ethic became contagious.

"I think that group grew to about 25 kids or so. He's a guy that says ‘Hey guys, we need to do this' those kids are going to listen to him."

Of course, to be a Big 12 Conference athlete, leadership qualities aren't the only thing one needs. DeWitt can attest to his skill on the field.

"He's so athletic. Obviously, he's a big kid. He's got a great first step and he finishes blocks."

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