Still Available: DL Teke Cheetham-West

After a solid sophomore season that saw him play both defensive tackle and defensive end, Blinn DL Teke Cheetham-West (6-4, 280) is still looking for a place to play this fall...

"I played defensive tackle and sometimes defensive end, depending on the play call," Cheetham-West told recently. "I feel like I can play almost anywhere my team needs me. I just want to help any way that I can."

While playing multiple roles for the Bucs as a redshirt freshman this past season, Cheetham-West totaled 18 tackles, one sack and two tackles-for-loss.

"He is a specimen," Blinn assistant coach Thomas Rocco said when asked about Cheetham-West. "He started at defensive tackle (last) year. He is very strong, squats over 500 pounds and benches 385.

"He's got a great motor and huge physical presence in the run game. His wingspan and height helps him make plays."

On the recruiting front, a couple of schools have been in contact with Cheetham-West, but so far it's only been tepid interest.

"Louisiana-Lafayette is the most recent school to contact me," Cheetham-West noted. "West Texas A&M and Southeastern Louisiana have also been in touch, but nothing really has come out of that yet."

Cheetham-West enjoyed a solid prep career at Kingwood (Tx.) High School, but he didn't qualify, so he headed to Blinn to get things in order.

"I knew (Blinn) sends people to good places and I wanted to develop myself more so I can be better at my position when I go somewhere else," Cheetham-West said.

Cheetham-West does have the option to return to the Bucs this fall, but hopes to find a place to play this fall. Should he sign with a school soon, he would have three years to play three.

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