West Keeps His Options Open

One of the more dynamic JUCO playmakers in California this year was L.A. Harbor RB Theron West (5-7, 170) and he committed to Washington State shortly after the end of his season. However, with the firing of Paul Wulff shortly thereafter, he's re-opened things a bit and has taken some visits to two other four-year schools and said he is just keeping his options open for the time being...

"I'm still committed to Washington State, but with the new coaching staff there, I don't want there to be any misunderstandings or any confusion," West told JCFootball.com. "When I committed to them, it wasn't because of coach Wulff, even though I liked him a lot and really respected him, but it was because I wanted to be a Coug and that hasn't changed.

"When they hired coach (Mike) Leach, I was excited, but I also had to face the fact that they might not want me or might have a different role for me and so I want to meet with them and talk to them.

"I'm going to take all of my visits before I sign, so I'm just keeping my options open and listening to other schools right now."

Earlier this month, West took visits to San Jose State (Dec. 2nd) and Idaho (Dec. 9th) and he said he just took it all in and enjoyed his time on both campuses.

"With San Jose State, they were a really cool staff and I liked my time there," West said. "I enjoyed it all while I was down there. It was really my first time on a D-1 campus, so that was cool and then this past weekend I was at Idaho and saw a lot of the same things.

"They just showed me around, I saw all of their facilities and they were nice."

West said he plans to sit down to chat with a member of the Cougar coaching staff tonight (Tuesday) and he hopes to get a better feel for what they are thinking.

"I was thinking about visiting (Washington State) on January 13th, so I'm going to talk to him about that when he comes by," West noted. "Mostly, he and I are going to have to get to know each other better and just see what happens."

West said he also would like to visit Arizona and Texas Tech, two schools who have offered recently.

This season, West, while struggling with a nagging ankle injury, totaled 653 yards rushing and six touchdowns while hauling in 12 receptions for 126 yards.

He noted that all of the schools recruiting him see him as a running back or a slot back who can go in motion and that they want to get into space and let him make plays.

West had hoped to graduate in December, but said he may have to take one more class and thus wouldn't be able to enroll until May with most programs.

JCFootball.com will have more on West in the coming weeks as he gets closer to finalizing his decision.

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