Willis (Texas) wide receiver Quan West is part of a loaded class of 2012 for the Wildkats that also includes quarterback Fred Nixon, running back Autrey Golden and athlete Demarcus Kizzie.
While all four are legitimate Division I prospects, West recently became the first to pick up an offer. The 6-foot-4, 208-pound junior saw it extended by an out-of-state school.
"Western Michigan offered me," West said. "It was a little over a week ago or so. They were the first school to offer me so far. I had talked to them once before and then I called their coach and he told me they wanted to offer me."
West has never visited Western Michigan but hopes to at some point. He has seen a few other campuses though.
"I've been to Texas A&M, Kansas and Houston this spring," he said. "I went to junior days at all three places. It was a group of us from Willis that went to all of them together. I'm not sure if any of those schools are going to offer me but they all seemed really interested."
In addition to his role as a receiver for Willis, West also plays defensive end for the Wildkats. One school has actually mentioned that as a possibility at the next level.
"I was talking to the coach from Utah and they like me at defensive end," he said. "They're the only schools to say that so far. I wouldn't mind playing on defense. Honestly, it really doesn't matter to me."
West says it is too early to name favorites and wants to let the process play out a bit. Several schools have said they plan to come by the Houston-area school this spring.
As a junior West earned first-team all-district honors after catching 38 passes for 783 yards and 10 touchdowns.