November 16, 2012

Billy East talks about Army offer

It doesn't matter if he's at wide out, slot receiver, running back or even QB .... get the ball in the hands of Billy East and good things typically happen.

"I started at running back and slot receiver, then I started to games as outside receiver, and add in my punt return and kick return duties ... and I played some quarterback, " shared the 5-foot-10, 190 pounds out of Buchanan High School (Clovis, Calif.)

Through 11/2, East had compiled 688 yards rushing; 409 yards in receptions; 119 yards on punt returns; 254 yards handling kick returns; 9 touchdowns and yes, he even through a few passing, where he was 3/4 for 101 yards in the air.

During his junior year, transferred to Kingburg HS, but by the time in senior campaign rolled in, East was back at Buchanan (there during his frosh & soph yrs.) for what East called "personal family reasons".

With versatility being part of West's football trademark, where are colleges projecting him to play? "Most schools are recruiting me and like me as a slot receiver and some compare me to Wes Welker (New England Patriots) a lot," says West, whose athletic talents aren't just regulated to the gridiron.

So beyond football, what other sports does he participate in at Buchanan? "Oh yeah, track is my second sport," says the multi-purpose athlete. "I run the 100, 200, 400 and both relays. My best event is the 200, but I'm pretty good at all three."

"My best time in the 100 is a 10.8 and 200 was 21.8," says East, although the aforementioned times weren't sanctioned events.

After suffering a lost (28-3) in the first round of the playoffs to Liberty Bakersfield, West is now committed to focusing on his recruiting. With a couple of offers from Ivy League schools, as well as holding a verbal offer from Army (aka West Point) is beginning to schedule visits and formulate what schools work for him and those that don't.

"My recruiting with Army is going good," said West. "We're still in the talking process and we are trying to schedule a time for me to come out there for an official visit. Army is a very prestigious school, it's the highest honor that anybody can get to attend West Point. But there is the lingering thought in the back of my mind and the service that goes along with it, which will be a factor in my decision. However, the fact that they are looking at me is an honor in itself."

Beyond the Black Knights of Army, West indicated that he does have a couple of schools already on his calendar for scheduled visits. "I've got some visits coming up. I am going to Yale on an official visit on December 6th and Northern Arizona the first weekend in January and we haven't scheduled Army's yet, but it will be a weekend in January," he confirms.

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