West was considered a soft verbal commitment to Texas Tech following official visits to both Auburn and The Red Raiders during the season. However, the defensive tackle noted in the past month that his verbal toTexas Tech was not final and that he was still weighing his options between the two schools.
Brian's mother, Millie West, said after weighing out all of the options and consulting plenty of family input they all agreed Auburn was simply the place for Brian to spend his college years. "He feels like he would fit in," she says about what helped him make his final decision. "So I was glad. We told him he had to make a decision and we prayed about it and got input from other family members with him and Auburn was the place. It had everything--it just fit all of his needs."
She also explains that the multiple educational opportunities that existed in Auburn ended up being a part of the equation as well. "That played a role too because I think Auburn has an aviation department over there and he is going to take the core courses for two years because he has been flying airplanes with the Civil Air Patrol and Auburn has an aviation program," she notes about her son not being totally decided on a major heading into college. "So, whichever way he chooses is good, but right now he is saying personal finance."
Mrs. West adds that the spiritual bond among the Auburn team is something that everyone in her family took notice of this season. "Oh yes, even my grandson observes how the guys when they get into the end zone they kneel," she explains. "It is for Brian that is all I can say and I am pleased. His dad is pleased also."
The Ozen High standout received early offers from Auburn, Texas Tech and Tulsa and was also receiving interest from Iowa, Kansas and Houston among others before he narrowed his list to Auburn and Texas Tech back in August.
The talented defender racked up 98 tackles, 15 for a loss, 10 sacks and forced four fumbles as a senior and was named a first-team Texas 4-A All-State defender. West's strong performance as a senior also got him named as a nominee for the Army High School All-American Game that will be held in San Antonio in January, although he was not selected as one of the finalists to play in the game. As a junior, he was credited with 115 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
West has some solid bloodlines as well. He is related to two former NFL players. Mel Farr a two-time Pro-Bowl selection at running back for the Detroit Lions and wide receiver Jerry LeVias, who was recently inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as an SMU Mustang.
West becomes the Tigers' 15th public verbal commitment and joins defensive back Jerraud Powers from Decatur High as the second Auburn commitment in the last 24 hours. West and Powers join fellow Auburn commitments kicker/punter Zach Kutch, linebacker Tray Blackmon, linebacker Ryan Stamper, defensive lineman Rudy Odum, wide receiver Prechae Rodriguez, defensive end Alonzo Horton, wide receiver Montez Billings, linebacker Patrick Trahan, linebacker Rex Sharpe, offensive lineman Andrew McCain, cornerback Aairon Savage, offensive lineman Oscar Gonzalez and offensive lineman Michael Harness.