It's summertime on TNIAAM, which means we're counting down the SU football roster from Sloan to Broyld. Today we get to know Syracuse's top returning wide receiver, Jarrod West.
Name: Jarrod West
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
High School: Liberty HS
2012 Stats: 43 Receptions, 588 Yards, 2 Touchdowns
2013 Projections: West is listed as the current starter at the 'X', opposite Adrian Flemming. He'll be tasked with helping replace the incredible production that Syracuse got from the Alec Lemon-Marcus Sales tandem in 2012. While reproducing those numbers may seem like a tall task for West, especially without knowing much about our offense or our quarterback situation for 2013, the physical Pennsylvanian should be Terrel Hunt/Drew Allen/???'s top target, and a 1,000 yard season is definitely not out of the question.
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. According to Rivals, he earned a 3.9 GPA in high school.
What'd Scout/Rivals 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: West is excited about this year's group of receivers:
"Our group of guys are really talented, from the first guy to the last guy. Everyone can play, so it’s a big competition", he said. " I got guys pushing me everyday, and I’m pushing guys everyday, so it’s a lot of fun".
Links of Wonder: Dave Rahme discussed the importance of West in Syracuse's offense towards the end of last season.
Tweets of Wonder: West was definitely that guy who got super excited at Home to the Dome.
What a run today! 4400 yards! Every day that passes, every yard ran and every drop of sweat goes towards my goals! #cusenation #cusetape— Jarrod West (@Jwest_88) July 10, 2013
Great round of golf today ! Shot cuse numbers! Ernie Davis 44 on the front, Jim brown 44 on the back. For a total of me and John Mackey 88!— Jarrod West (@Jwest_88) July 13, 2013
What Does Shafer Think: He was impressed with West's work in the spring game:
"Jarrod West had a good spring game," Shafer said. "Then we've got a handful of kids that are in a fight. It's a good fight. They're all in a fight for playing time. At times they looked really good with some things, and at times they looked they were a long ways away. At the end of the day, the completion was the thing I liked most about it."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: West is cousins (not sure if this is the biological or the Jardine-Waiters variety) with Syracuse verbal commit K.J. Williams, who plays at his alma mater Liberty High School in Bethlehem.
Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya:
Jarrod West talks after Spring Game (via Michael McAllister)