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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mich., ND, OSU recruiting Watch List DB

By Jared Shanker

INDIANAPOLIS -- While closing in on a dozen offers, Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Lima Central Catholic) will not be satisfied until he lands an offer from three of the Midwest’s biggest programs.

The Watch List defensive back has interest from Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State, but he is still in the works of landing an offer from each of the schools.

West, who stands 5-foot-10, weighs 183 pounds and can play either corner or safety, was high on Michigan during the summer, but the contact with the Wolverines fell off for several months, causing some hurt feelings on West's part. The Michigan coaches came back into West’s school after the season, though, and West said both sides are back on the same page.

“They’re going to keep recruiting me real heavy and [said] be patient with them because they just want to sort everything out and make sure it’s good,” West said, “but they’re definitely going to need safeties in the 2014 class.”

The Fighting Irish are hoping to get West on campus soon.

“I talk to them every week and they want me to come to their junior day real bad,” West said.

As for the Buckeyes, West spoke with assistant coach Everett Withers on Monday night, but West said the conversation did not focus much on his recruitment. It had been a few weeks since the two talked, so West said he and Withers were just catching up on how things were.

One of the more recent offers for West came from Kentucky, which is making a big push into Ohio under new coach Mark Stoops. It was also the first SEC offer for West, who is intrigued at the thought of playing in the conference that has claimed the last seven national titles.

There is a lot of buzz surrounding Stoops’ Wildcats, and West is buying in following a talk with assistant coach Vince Marrow, a Youngstown, Ohio, native.

“Kentucky is a good school and has a new coach, so I’m excited to see how they do this season with him,” West said. “I’m getting very close with the coach who offered me. He told me where he came from and the head coach came from and said they think everything will go well. They just need big recruits to make the program better.”

West had a top list of schools a few months ago but said he is open now after more offers rolled in.