Meanwhile, West still has an official visit on tap to Lubbock. And most expect that the Red Raider coaches will pull out all stops to firm him up. But as of now, they have a little battle on their hands.
"I would say that I have a top two in Texas Tech and Auburn," West said. "I'm still committed to Tech but I like Auburn too."
His reasons for keeping (his options open) and in touch with the Tiger coaches is in large part due to the trust and respect he has for his own high school defensive coordinator.
"My defensive coordinator is good friends with the Auburn defensive coordinator," West said. "And, he feels real comfortable with him and so I feel real comfortable also."
Another reason Auburn remains in the hunt is because of their recent success...
"They're winning a lot of games right now and they're No. 3 in the nation. You've got to like that."
Still, it is Texas Tech he remains committed to.
"I really like their academics. I want to major in business management and I think if I had to say, I think Texas Tech has the better academics."
Despite the above props West gave Tech, this is no doubt a two-team race that will continue possibly up until Signing Day, '05...