West recorded 93 catches for 1,540 yards and 13 touchdowns during his college career with the Miners.
He started all 12 games in 2007, when he was second on the team in receiving yards (734) and receiving touchdowns (six) and third in catches (41).
"Most of my success at UTEP came from digging deep," West told TheRanchReport.com's Ed Thompson in a recent interview. "I didn't get too many opportunities as a wide receiver, so I had to take advantage of a lot of the opportunities I got. Whenever I made a catch I tried to get as much out of it as I can."
The wide receiver position has been an area of concern for the Cowboys this offseason with aging stars Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens entering their mid-30's.
The Cowboys have now agreed to terms with three undrafted free agent wide outs this week, including West, Texas Tech's Danny Amendola and Stanford's Mark Bradford.
Dallas also signed undrafted free agent quarterback Daniel Polk, out of Midwestern State. Polk is expected to play as a wide out in the NFL.
Chances are at least one will have the opportunity to make the Cowboys' 53-man roster later this year.
West was ranked No. 123 on the TheRanchReport.com's draft board.
QUICK SCOUTING REPORT: Has good size and receiving skills, but was not sudden in his movement and appeared somewhat tight in his hips. Has outstanding size. Tracks the ball extremely well. I particularly liked the way he adjusted to the deep ball. Good hands (can snatch the football away from his body) and showed field awareness. Did a good job adjusting to balls in the under zones. Lacks speed and or at burst. Not a true vertical threat. Solid free agent pick up.
JOE WEST BIO
2006: Led UTEP in yards per catch (18.4), and ranked third on the team in receiving yards (496) ... had 27 receptions over 12 games with nine starts ... scored three touchdowns ... came on late with 12 catches for 245 yards (20.4 avg.) during a three-game stretch in November ... season-high 91 yards on four receptions at UAB ... had three catches for 81 yards versus Rice, including his season-long reception of 49 yards ... five catches for 73 yards at Marshall ... scored touchdowns against Texas Tech, SMU and Tulane ... had over 50 yards receiving five times on the year, including 59 versus Texas Tech and 58 against SMU.
2005: Played in all 12 games, making starts against Tulsa, Marshall, Rice, UAB and Toledo ... caught 19 passes for 246 yards (12.9 avg.) and two touchdowns ... posted two catches against Houston (two yards) ... snared two passes for 22 yards versus New Mexico ... three receptions for 50 yards against Tulane ... had three catches for 41 yards and a score at Rice ... returned one kickoff for 21 yards versus Texas Southern ... also caught a 10- yard touchdown pass against TSU ... was UTEP's leading receiver in the GMAC Bowl versus Toledo, totaling 88 yards on six catches ... ended the year with 14 receptions for 206 yards over the final six contests.
2003: Played in nine games as a true freshman ... started at flanker at Hawaii ... caught six passes for 64 yards (10.7 avg.) and two TDs ... scored on a 20-yard pass play against San Jose State ... also reached the end zone on a 14-yard catch versus Fresno State.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Rated the 75th-best player in the state of Texas entering the 2001 season by SuperPrep ... first team All-District 10-5A selection as a senior at Garland Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland, Texas ... also named team Special Teams MVP ... had 48 catches for 430 yards with four touchdowns as a senior ... also had two kickoff returns for scores, including a 98-yard runback ... junior totals were 37 catches for 511 yards with two TDs ... three-year varsity letterwinner ... high school coach was Flint Risin ... earned second team All-District honors as a junior on the Lakeview Centennial basketball team ... named to the All-Tournament team at the Lobo Tournament his freshman season ... ran track at Lakeview Centennial, competing in the 200, 1600 relay and high jump ... took third in the district in the high jump as a freshman.
PERSONAL: Parents are Joe Davis West, Sr. and Loretta Prince ... has four brothers and two sisters ... cousin, Doug West and uncle, Mark West, played in the National Basketball Association ... brother, Tracy Thorpe, was a pitcher in the Toronto Blue Jays organization ... full name is Joe Davis West, Jr ... born 2/1/84 (Melbourne, Fla.) ... multidisciplinary studies major.
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