LCA lineman West commits to UK

Talk with Summers Seals West's Decision

mfields@herald-leader.comAugust 26, 2010 

LCA football player Zach West (2010)

Penn State and Joe Paterno had Lexington Christian Academy football star Zach West leaning toward Happy Valley for a while, but in the end West was won over by Summers in Kentucky.

That's Mike Summers, UK's new line coach.

West, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior lineman, announced Wednesday he will play college football at UK. He committed to the Cats after meeting with Summers on Saturday.

"I was so impressed with (Summers) throughout the process. What a great man," West said.

"His track record at Arkansas was second to none, and the overall Christian man he is was the most important thing to me."

Earlier this summer West pared his college choices to UK, Penn State, Tennessee, Louisville and Cincinnati, and he planned to take a couple official visits this fall before making his decision.

"I thought I'd wait it out," he said. "But last week I figured I was ready to get done with it. There was a lot of pressure on me, and I was just ready to enjoy my senior year."

West said it was "pretty hard" to tell Paterno he wasn't coming to Penn State.

"But ultimately, I wanted to stay here close to my friends and family," West said.

Asked to describe his football style, West said he's "a real aggressive player. I always finish the play and never stop until the whistle."

He didn't speculate on how quickly he might play at UK. "I'll figure it out when I get there," he said. "I just want to be the best I can be."

West, who helped LCA to a Class A state title last fall, is the second Lexington lineman to commit to UK.

Bryan Station's 6-6, 290-pound Darrian Miller will also sign with the Cats in February.

LCA Coach Ray Graham said West has everything college coaches are looking for.

"He's a massive guy coming off the ball, he's got great feet, he's very intelligent, has a great attitude, and he's going to get stronger."

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