June 3, 2010

Location a priority for Willis' West

Willis High School is most known for producing former Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop, but a talented 2012 class could make the small town north of Houston forget all about the good old days.

6-foot-5 receiver Quan West is one of the class members, but was somewhat of an unnoticed commodity in the talented group of skill players. That is no longer the case, gaining early attention from schools around the state.

"I have been playing with them since second grade and little league," West said. "I enjoy every little bit of it. We are all friends so we spend a lot of time together. It is pretty fun.

"I was kind of shocked I was getting the attention I was because I was kind of in the shadows growing up. Now I guess people are noticing. It is a shocker."

After playing together so long, going to the same school is something that interests the group, which includes West, Autrey Golden, Jamarcus Kizzie, Fred Nixon, Austin Greco and 2013 prospect Erin Reece.

"If we could play together that would be better because I know how they play and chemistry and stuff like that," West said. "We have talked about it and we think it would be kind of crazy, but if it happens it happens."

Willis played in the Manvel 7-on-7 tournament last weekend but failed to advance past the pool play. The Wildcats make a trip to the Woodlands on the June 12 and Lufkin on June 19, where they will try and qualify for the state tournament.

When not busy with 7-on-7, West plans on visiting universities for both football and basketball camps.

"I'm going to the Baylor camp, the Texas one, the A&M camp and the Texas Tech camp," he said. "I will have to see about some basketball camps.

"I will probably end up playing football because of my height. It just seems more fun to me."

West does have a connection to the Texas A&M, but West doesn't consider himself tied to any school. It is however his goal to go to a school close to home because of a special someone in his life.

I have some elders that watch over me sometimes and they went to A&M and they have rings," he said. "Any school is a possibility, though. I'm just trying to make it to the next level so I can make my momma proud.

"I really want to major in psychology. I just need to be where my momma can come out because she is very important to me. Anywhere within three hours away she could still come."

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