When you play and make an impact for Long Beach (Calif.) Poly as a sophomore, it's a pretty indication that you're a pretty good football player and that's exactly what running back Cory Westbrook (5-10, 195, 4.5) is, a good solid football player.
As a sophomore, Westbrook rushed for 568 yards, and four touchdowns while averaging 8.2 yards per carry for a CIF Champion. His performance earned him second-team all-league honors.
Much was expected out of out of Westbrook his junior season, but he tore his meniscus before the season and ended not getting the carries when he returned.
Westbrook didn't sulk or hang his head when he returned midway through his junior season. He went to practice and did whatever the coaches wanted of him. He played on special teams and played some fullback to make use of his blocking skills.
With limited opportunities, Westbrook rushed for 150 yards while averaging 6.3 yards per carry and one touchdown that went for 51 yards,
Now Westbrook is poised to live up to his vast potential and now that he is back at 100 percent, he chomping at the bit to get back on the field to show what he is made of.
The scouting report on Westbrook is he's the complete back who can run, catch and block. He is very coachable and is a team first guy.
When running the football, he has great vision, balance, has a good burst and the speed to break the long run. He has been compared a lot to USC senior running back Stafon Johnson. Like Johnson, Westbrook is a hard worker who strives to be the best.
In the weight room, Westbrook's current bench is 250. He hasn't really squatted since his injury, but before he hurt his knee, he was squatting 350-pounds. His power clean is 200.
Westbrook is getting mail from schools such as LSU, Tennessee, Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington and San Diego State.
What is Westbrook looking for in a school?
"I want to play for a college that runs a well balanced offense, where the back gets to catch the ball as well as run" Westbrook said. "The school has to have good academics and a good support staff that will help me succeed as a student."