The stars were out in Peachtree City, Ga. at the 1st annual Speed Sports Performance Combine on May,…
Gamecocks offer first
West currently has one scholarship offer and stays in close contact with this SEC East program. This program is very high on his wish list. "I have an offer from South Carolina," Jadarius West stated. "I was at a Junior Day there not too long ago. Coach (Lorenzo) Ward (Defensive Coordinator) and Coach (Steve) Spurrier talked to me in their office while I was there. "I've stayed in real close contact with them. Coach Ward has told me several times they really want me to come there. They're (Spurrier and Ward) both coming to watch me play at our spring game. "I've watched film of how they use their corners. I think I'd fit in really well there. Right now they're my top school. They were the first to offer. They lead for me." The Gamecocks' staff has discussed with West what they'd like to do if they ultimately land his signature. "They've said that my first year (freshman season) they'd be really looking for me to contribute on most of the special teams," he said. "They're recruiting me more as a corner than anything, but they're basically recruiting me as an athlete. "As a freshman they wanna utilize my speed in a lot of different situations. Coach Ward has even talked about to me about possibly playing some as a slot receiver my freshman year." West likes three more in the SEC, and one in the Pac-12 (soon to be the former Pac-10). "The other schools I like are Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, and Oregon," he said. "I don't know much about Oregon. Honestly, I really like Oregon's uniforms. And they win a lot of games, so that's another reason I like them." The Gamecocks are not the only school with West on their recruiting board. "I've gotten letters from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, USC, Oregon, Duke, South Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, NC State, and a lot more," he said. "I've gotten a whole lot of letters. "Coach (Sammy) Knight (Safeties Assistant Coach) at USC sent me a personal (handwritten) letter. The letter said they'd be looking out for me this year." West not only has tremendous measureables, but he's also a very good football player. He racked up some impressive and diverse numbers last fall. "I had a 92-yard touchdown return on a kickoff," he commented. "On kickoff teams kicked away from my side. I may have gotten six kicked to me all season. "I had about 245 yards rushing on 29 carries (8.4 yards/rush), and one rushing TD. I had 13 receptions for over 200 yards. I had five touchdown catches. One of those catches was a 99-yard touchdown. "I played some on defense, too. I had a lot of pass breakups. I had about 22 pass breakups. My coaches are looking to play me a lot more on defense next year." West's play on the field earned him a spot in an All-Star game. "After last season I played in a Junior All-Star game at Hallford Stadium," he said. "Playing in that game was a great honor. There were some big names there; Mike Davis, Deion Bonner, Jordan Jenkins, C.J. Moore. I had three tackles in the game. We substituted in and out a lot in that game." West has great speed, hips, and explosion. He will likely play cornerback on the next level. "I think my coverage skills are really good," he commented. "I really like to play in man (coverage). And if I get beat I have really good recovery speed. My hips are really good, too. I just need to work on breaking on the ball." The South Metro-Atlanta standout has two camps in mind for the summer. "I'll definitely go to South Carolina," he said. "I'll probably go to Florida, too. I won't know anymore about camps until track season's over." This speedster is also a standout on the track. He has set some lofty goals for this track season. "My goal is to run in the 10.5s (10.50 - 10.59 seconds), win state in the hundred (meters), and beat Snoddy (Broderick Snoddy - last years Georgia 3A state champion in the 100 and 200 meters)," he said. "If I run like I know I can, I know I can win that race. My start is faster than Broderick's, and everyone else's. I'm always the first out of blocks. I just need to be a little stronger in the second half of my race. By the time state comes around, if my strength is where I think it'll be, I'll have a great shot at winning state."
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