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July 25, 2010
It didn’t take Perry High School senior defensive end Chad West long to consider his newest offer earned after a five-star prospect camp at the University of Cincinnati. The 6-foot-5, 227-pounder from Perry, Ohio immediately verbally committed to the Bearcats, ending the recruiting process just a couple weeks before the start of his senior season.
“I got an offer today after I went down there for a five-star prospect thing,” West said. “The coaches hung out with us and showed us around the campus some more then I met with head coach Butch Jones and then we left. He called me and I got an offer and committed.”
West chose the Bearcats over offers from Iowa State, Kansas, Syracuse and West Virginia, among others.
“(Coach Jones) was very excited,” West said. “It’s a really cool feeling. Everybody is just excited.”
The Bearcats have been recruiting West since the end of the 2009-10 school year. West said he’s been in contact with the UC coaches and accepted an invitation to attend their prospect camp.
“They wanted me to come down today and everything worked out,” he said.
During the camp West flashed the explosiveness and technique that helped him post 107 tackles and six sacks for the Pirates in 2009.
He said the offer and quick commitment just felt right.
”The camp went really well; I talked to all the coaches and my D-Line coach and met some players,” he said. “Everybody just seems like one big family. It just felt like home.”
Now that the recruiting process has ended West can focus on what he hopes is a big senior season.
“I feel a little relieved,” he said. “I don’t have as much pressure on me. I’m just excited to get everything started.”
OhioVarsity.com ranks West as the No. 15 defensive lineman in the Buckeye