Name: Jarrod West
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
High School: Liberty High School
2013 Stats: After a slow start for the entire offense, West ended up with 26 receptions, 397 yards and a touchdown. He currently ranks 18th in program history with 1,136 receiving yards. It wasn't the season we'd hope for but given the quarterback issues, development of the offense and a late-season injury, West showed in the Texas Bowl that he wasn't done just yet.
2014 Projections: West remains the No. 1 wide receiver on the depth chart and the best deep threat for the Orange headed into the season. Guys like Brisly Estime and Ashton Broyld are going to eat up receptions but West will likely be Terrel Hunt's No. 1 target down the field.
How'd He Get Here: West was all set to go to Stanford, as good football players with good grades are wont to do, but Stanford doesn't play around with the whole "elite academic institution" rep, and Jarrod just missed making the grades to attend. This isn't to say that West is a slouch in the classroom, however. He was a member of the 2010 and 2011 Athletic Director's Honor Roll and was on the 2011 Big East All-Academic Team. Thanks, Stanford.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Scout, Rivals, and ESPN all went with three stars for West. After the Stanford debacle, West chose SU over Cincinnati, Maryland, Missouri, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.
Money Quote: "Growing up, I loved Penn State," he said. "I loved watching A.J. Wallace, Derrick Williams, Daryll Clark, Austin Scott, all those guys. But coming [to Syracuse] was probably one of the best decisions I could have made."
Links Of Wonder: Go one-on-one with Jarrod. In an interview, not on the field. He'd destroy you if this was on the field.
Tweets Of Wonder:
Embrace the moment! Graduation ! I will always remember Syracuse university the greatest university on… http://t.co/f9FFgFnhqI— Jarrod West (@Jwest_88) May 10, 2014
What Does Shafer Think Of Him: "Any time you have a seasoned receiver, it helps any young quarterback who's a first-time starter," Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said. "Jarrod has done a good job with that. We have strength in numbers at wide receiver, and Jarrod has taken the lead role."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Incoming SU recruit K.J. Williams is Jarrod's cousin. We've always gotta have a few cousin connections around here. Real or otherwise...
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