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Bullard Brook Hill Sophomore D’Luis West Invited to Three Camps

Bullard Brook Hill’s D’Luis West stiff-arms a Midland Christian defender during Brook Hill’s 44-3 TAPPS first-round playoff loss in Midland on Nov. 16. (Courtesy Midland Reporter-Telegram)

A player who will likely see his workload increase in Bullard Brook Hill’s offense this fall has recently received three camp invitations.

Sophomore running back D’Luis West has been invited to the Rivals/UnderArmour camp scheduled for March 16 at Westfield High School in Springs, as well as two other events: the National Underclassmen Five-Star Showcase on April 21 in Duncanville and the Next Level Athlete Video Showcase set for April 14 in Dallas.

West said he’s going to the Rivals/UnderArmour event. He added that his role as president of his church youth group will come first, but that he hopes to attend the other two camps and any others that invite him.

The 5-foot-8, 201-pound West will likely see an expanded role this fall, according to Brook Hill coach Terry Pirtle.

“We think next year he will be a person who will be a go-to guy with the ball,” Pirtle said. “We’re gonna have to work on the offensive line a little bit. D’Luis is gonna have to be a little bit more perimeter-oriented this year, but we’re definitely gonna expand his role since we’re losing a senior running back in T.J. Dunks.”

West was Brook Hill’s second-leading rusher in 2012 behind senior quarterback Will Weathers, who threw for 1,420 yards and ran for 1,000 yards. West ran 75 times for 407 yards and two touchdowns.

West said he’s focusing on getting bigger, stronger, and faster with more carries in mind. He’s been doing sled work, running hills, and running routes, among other workouts, with his strength and conditioning coach, Ross Cooper, who also helps coordinate a lot of West’s recruiting.

According to Cooper, West has received mail correspondence from a bevy of schools, including Florida State, Oregon State, LSU, Cincinnati, and Washington State, which has invited West to a camp this summer. West said he recently communicated with the Missouri coaching staff via email.

West’s frame makes him a physical runner, especially for a sophomore. That should help him acclimate to more carries this fall, which he said he’s ready for.

“I’m excited about that,” West said. “I would like to be the go-to guy in those situations. I wanna be that guy and I would be glad to accept that role.”

Pirtle said West’s build and physical style make him a load for defenders to tackle.

“He’s a tough kid, runs hard, low center of gravity. He gets an extra yard or two when he gets hit. He’s real hard to get down,” Pirtle said. “That will be an attribute for him in his recruiting highlights.”

Three Brook Hill players in the 2013 class recently signed: Weathers (Abilene Christian), offensive lineman Mason Dickey (Fort Hays State), and offensive lineman Matt Seamands (Southeastern Oklahoma State).

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