Do you want a big-time sleeper in the state of Texas? Try 5-foot-10, 165-pound Houston Worthing cornerback Michael West.
While oftentimes in recruiting it’s how good a player is projected to become that determines whether or not they are a blue chip prospect, the basics of football are actually getting the job done on the field of play.
And that’s exactly why West, while little known, still may be one of the state’s better players this year.
As a sophomore, he snared six interceptions. He added five more as a junior. And just one game into his senior season, he already has another one.
He’s also starting as a wide receiver as a senior, and against Dallas Kimball on Saturday night, he caught seven passes for 103 yards and a touchdown.
“I just go out there and try to make plays,” West said. “That’s all anybody can do – make plays.”
But West is more than just production. He also has solid prospects for the future.
He has solid grades (a 3.1 GPA) and excellent speed; he runs the 100-meter and 4x100-meter relay for Worthing’s track teams.
West is receiving serious recruiting interest. He has received recruiting calls in September from coaches at Iowa State, Houston, LSU and Georgia Tech. Iowa State has already followed up with an official scholarship offer.
West says he only has one more hurdle to jump before he can accept anyone’s scholarship offer.
“I’m taking the (SAT) test that first week in October. If I do good on that, I should be set,” he explained.