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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Ohio State practice looks perfect for West

By Brad Bournival

ESPN Watch List cornerback Darius West (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic) had a chance to see exactly how Ohio State rolls.

And he liked it.

On hand Saturday for the Buckeyes’ practice -- it was the 5-foot-10, 183-pound West’s fourth visit to Columbus -- he saw everything and more.

“It was great because I got to see how the practices went and how the coaches coached and what they were teaching them,” West said. “It was high intensity, real physical and it showed you have to pay attention to detail.”

Detail has never been a problem for the junior, who has logged 116 tackles, intercepted six passes, forced three fumbles and had a fumble recovery and defensive touchdown in the last two seasons.

He has visits planned to Indiana and Michigan and will be on Tennessee’s campus next Saturday.

As for that Ohio State offer, it hasn’t come yet, but West is pretty sure one will be coming as the Buckeyes brass has indicated they’re planning on watching him at an upcoming track meet.

If West were to get a Buckeyes offer and commit, he could join Watch List cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) as Ohio State's 2014 secondary class.

Last year, the Buckeyes had the best defensive back class in the nation according to, adding a five-star cornerback and four four-star seniors to their secondary class.

West currently has offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Minnesota, Penn State, Purdue, Toledo, UCF, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Florida State, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Wisconsin are showing interest as well.