Westling hoping to make mark at Southwestern

When four-year schools go through coaching changes sometimes players decide a change of scenery will also do them some good as well. One such player is Southwestern QB Drew Westling (6-2, 205) who signed with Tulsa out of high school, but decided to head to the JC route after the coaching staff of the Golden Hurricanes headed east to Louisville.

JCFootball.com caught up with Westling and he talked about his transition back to sunny southern California.

"It's great to be back in California," Westling said with a smile. "You get pretty spoiled living out here and growing up out here and then going to a place like Tulsa – it was an interesting difference."

Out of high school, Westling was recruited by Oregon, Utah and Tulsa, but then head coach Steve Kragthorpe was the only coach to offer him a scholarship.

"I redshirted my first year and played a little this past year," Westling said. "I decided to leave there because our coach went to Louisville and he took his whole staff with him and the new staff that came in and I got along with them pretty well, but I didn't know if I'd have the opportunity to compete and there was talk that they were going to bring in Mitch Mustain.

"With the rules for JCs I had to make a decision in about two days. So I went with my gut and I knew I would get an opportunity to play here and maybe find a better situation than I had at Tulsa."

One of the biggest reasons Westling made the decision to transfer to Southwestern was his close relationship with the coaching staff.

"The coaching staff is unbelievable," Westling said. "Coach (Ed) Carberry and my quarterbacks coach, coach (Doug) Brady, and I felt like we had known each other my whole life and it was a great fit and the offense they run is the same one I ran in high school.

"It's a no-huddle, no-holds-barred, pedal-to-the metal type of a deal and they've done a great job of getting guys moved on and that's what I needed. I needed a place I could play and be comfortable and a coach who would help get me back on the D-1 radar."

Westling runs a 4.7 forty time and puts up 185 pounds 23 times and also sports a solid 32-inch vertical. He says he's a drop-back passer, but he isn't limited to the pocket if things break down.

"I see myself as a weapon that can hurt a defense any way they give you," Westlin said. "I really enjoy the mental pressures of the game and I like being responsible and I feel like a coach on the field. I just really like the accountability of playing quarterback."

One thing making Westling's job easy this year is the fact that he has several playmakers already on the roster.

"The guys are great guys and they're very athletic," Westling said. "The playmakers we have down here at Southwestern are equal to the ones we had on the Conference USA Championship team last year and it'll be exciting to see what we can do this fall."

As far as recruiting is concerned, Westling has been through it before and he feels like an old pro.

"I'm a patient guy," Westling said. "Coach Carberry has made some contacts and I've kind of been studying up on teams that will need someone to come in and play right away next year.

"Right now, I don't really want to mention teams and things like that. I just want to work hard with my teammates and produce on the field. The rest of that stuff will take care of itself."

Westling will have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from Westling later this summer.

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