West Talks about his Commitment to Texas Tech

The Texas Tech coaching staff made defensive lineman one of their top priorities in this years recruiting and their efforts have paid off already, picking up a commitment from big DE <b>Phillip Jones.</b> Now the Red Raider coaching staff can count Beaumont Ozen DT <b>Brian West</b> as a commitment after his visit to the Hub City last weekend.<p>

What was it about the visit that made Brian want to commit to Texas Tech?

"When I got into Lubbock I was shocked at how nice it was," said West. "I also surprised at how nice the academic and football facilities were."

Brian chose Texas Tech over Auburn, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech, Northwestern and Louisiana Lafayette. So will he take any other visits during his senior season?

"No, I am happy to get this process over and focus on football again," said West.

West mentioned that he relationship that he had with Coach Ruffin McNeil played a big role in his decision.

"Coach McNeil and I have a great connection and he really seems like father figure to me," said West. "I'm very excited to have him as my position coach."

In an earlier interview, Brian mentioned that he was hitting the weights pretty hard to prepare for his senior season. What did he think of his encounter with Texas Tech Strength Coach Benny Wiley?

"We'll you can look at the guy and know that he knows exactly what he's doing because he's huge," laughed West. "We spoke for a while and he already had some things outlined for me to do; I was very impressed with him."

In the end, Brian said his decision came down to where he was just the most comfortable.

"I just felt this great connection with the coaching staff, the players that I met and really the town itself," said West. "I really liked the community ."

Brian is a week into practices for Beaumont Ozen and he said he has already seen a major difference in his strength out on the field. Is there anything he wants to improve upon before coming to Lubbock?

"We'll you never want to stop improving," said West. "I'm happy with my upper-body strength for now; Next I would like to improve my quickness and footwork."

We'll keep you up to date on Brian as he goes through his senior season at Beaumont Ozen High.

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