Notre Dame football recruiting: Ohio DB offered by Irish
One day after canceling a planned announcement for the school of his choice, Darius West has already received a new scholarship offer.
This time Notre Dame reached out to the junior defensive back from Lima (Ohio) Central Catholic, letting him know that he now had an Irish offer on the table.
West had heard from Notre Dame defensive line coach Mike Elston and knew the coaching staff was set to have a meeting about recruits . Then morning Elston told West to give him a call.
“He told me that I was the first name brought up in the coaches meeting so they offered me,” West said.
The possibility of new offers was only part of the reason West delayed a public verbal commitment. This week the four-star prospect realized he wasn’t completely convinced by any one school.
“I wasn’t 100 percent ready,” West said. “I wanted to be ready with no regrets so I can be loyal to my program, but I was constantly getting other stuff. I wanted to stop and think about I was doing and go through the whole process again to find what fits me the most. I’m going to take visits to see where it gets me.”
One visit West will likely make is to Notre Dame. Elston invited West to visit on during a three-day span that the Irish coaching staff is working on turning into its biggest recruiting weekend of the summer.
“They made it to the national championship last year and had a pretty good season. Coach (Brian) Kelly’s a real good coach,” West said. “I want to get up there and see how the coaches really are and see if I can bond with them.”
The 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back has a number of options in the Midwest and beyond. Naming some of the top schools to offer him West listed West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Miami and Georgia Tech.
Notre Dame separated itself from those other schools when Elston told West that he was being recruited as a cornerback first. Every other school is recruiting him at safety.
As a junior, West made plays on both sides of the ball for Lima Central Catholic. As a defensive back, he recorded 47 tackles, five interceptions, one for a touchdown, and once forced fumble. On offense, West tallied 25 catches for 559 yards and eight touchdowns. Rivals.com ranks West as the No. 15 safety in the 2014 class. 247Sports.com slates him at No. 20.
West knows about Notre Dame’s impressive 2013 recruiting class and hopes to meet them and some 2014 commits on his visit in June. With a reset in his recruitment, West has a lot left to learn and plenty of time to do it before February 2014.