Speed is Jarvis West's game
Jarvis West
Mississippi Scout
Posted May 12, 2009


At first glance, you would think that the Gibbs (FL) slot receiver was in junior high, not high school. He is all of 5' 6", 145, but when you watch him play, you know exactly why schools like Florida State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, West Virginia, Syracuse, and South Florida have offered. Rarely do you find legit 4.3 prospects, but this Saint Petersburg resident is one of them.


"I am very elusive," added Jarvis West (ran a 4.3 forty at the latest combine). "I feel like I can not be caught from behind. If I get by you, it is over. I do not see anyone catching me. I have a little power for someone my size too. That catches them off guard a little. I am just real quick and fast."

That was evident by his special teams play last year as he returned 5 kickoffs for TD's and had another three called back due to penalties. West was named 2nd Team All-Suncoast as a kick returner. He was also named the Red Zone Player of the Year in Pinollas County.

"I play tailback, slot, and receiver. Most of the colleges want me to play slot and return kicks though."

How is spring practice going?

"It is going pretty good although I am in therapy right now because of a pulled hamstring. I should be ready by the spring game."

As fast as Jarvis is he knows he has to get stronger for the college level.

"I want to put on 40 good pounds before I go to college. I want to get my bench up to 315 before I leave. I can squat 450 right now, so I already have pretty good lower body strength."

Colleges have taken notice.

"Indiana came by practice. Miami came by but I missed them. I had already left school. They are coming back next week. Ole Miss came by. Georgia came by, and a couple more have come by, but I can not think of them."

Any phone calls this month?

"I spoke to Syracuse last week, and I talk to Ole Miss a lot. I can't really think of them because I get so many, but I talk to Ole Miss the most."

What is going on with Ole Miss?

"I have a good relationship with those guys. They want me to be another Dexter McCluster and fill in his position. I knew Dexter when he was Largo. I use to watch him play. He is pretty shifty, but I feel like I am a little more shiftier than he is and probably a little more quicker than he is. I feel I can do some of that Brandon James (at Florida) stuff. But Coach (Chris) Vaughn keeps me up to date on what is going on over there. He tells me what I need to be doing to prepare myself to get there, both on the field and in the classroom. That goes for anywhere I go. He pretty much keeps me straight on everything. Coach Vaughn takes care of me."

What did Syracuse say when they called?

"They want me to return the ball for them. They have one guy like me on their team and he is a senior. They want me to take his spot. They actually think I can kick too (laugh). I am a pretty good punter now. I averaged over 43 yards a punt last year. I have good accuracy, but I do not think I am going to be kicking in college (laugh)."

Another SEC school is also trying to get in the picture.

"Auburn is looking at me. I have been talking to Auburn lately. I also visited Florida. I went to their spring game and met some people."

How did the Florida visit go?

"It was nice. I got to meet a couple of the players, and I sat by their goal post during the game. I got a good look at everything. I got to see their locker room and weight room. I have never seen anything like it. I love their stadium too. Tim Jackson was kind of like my host. He introduced me to everyone on the team and took me around their campus. He was real cool."

Who are West's top schools at the present time?

"Ole Miss is at the top. I am kind of interested in Georgia, but they are not writing me a whole lot. I would like to go anywhere in the SEC. I would not mind going to Nebraska too, but they are kind of far away. I like West Virginia, and I would not mind going to Florida too. If none of that works, I wouldn't mind going to South Florida."

Why South Florida?

"I got family there. I met Coach Lubick. He is a nice guy. I just like their school. I love their coach too. I do not know. I just like the environment."

Any camps this summer?

"My coach is helping me with all of that stuff. I want to go see all of the schools who have offered me, but times are tough, and I do not have that kind of money right now."





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