Only days after Nick Martin chose Kentucky, Kentucky now has another lineman to add to the bunch…
Coach Spotlight: Zach West
"It was in the (KY-1A) state championship game with Beechwood when I was coaching for Harrison County that I first realized what a good looking player Zach was," said Graham. The LCA Eagles would lose that day to Beechwood 38-35, but the next season Graham joined the staff as an assistant coach. Last season, LCA won the 1A state championship in West's junior season. In the off-season Graham was promoted to head coach and is ready for one last go-round with West. "We've asked so much of Zach as a senior," Graham said. "We ask him to play both ways at left tackle and defensive end for us. So it's been more difficult for him to be as explosive as he could be if he were just a one-way player, but he's still been able to dominate in games." That kind of skill and tenacity lead to the Joe Paterno's, Derek Dooley's, and the Charlie Strong's of the college football world all very interested in obtaining West's services for the next four years. Kentucky, however, had Mike Summers. "Zach developed a good, close relationship with Coach Summers," said Graham. "He liked the fact a good Christian man, strong in his faith, would be his position coach. His mother was very impressed as well, and that sealed the deal. He'll be able to stay close to his family and friends. I believe it's a very solid commitment to the University of Kentucky." Graham says TCU and Miami, FL were just coming on to the scene in West's recruitment when he gave his verbal to UK in late August. "Some people have told me he'll be a center or a guard, but I think he could play tackle just as well," Graham said of West's position in college. "He's an excellent run blocker. He's been blessed with incredible strength and intelligence to be able to play this game at such a high level. I love his agility, explosiveness coming off the ball, and he's got a great motor. I've had some really good offensive linemen, but none were as complete a player as Zach." West, 6-5, 280, is an elected captain at LCA in his senior season. A 1st team All-State selection last year, he has helped the Eagles to a 5-2 start. With 18 seniors on the team, the goal is nothing less than another state title. "Zach's just the consummate student/athlete," Graham said. "He's an A/B student, communicates well with both adults and fellow students, and is a leader on-and-off the field. As a person Zach's as authentic and solid as they come." West is No. 75 for the Eagles. This week they travel to Greenup County to take on Raceland High School in a conference game. Away from football Graham attributes a solid family, a strong Christian faith, and an achievement of Eagle Scout, as contributing factors in West's overall success.
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