Chapel Hill’s Jeremy West Receives Offer No. 1 From Alcorn State
As Jeremy West's junior year of high school nears its conclusion, the Chapel Hill 2016 recruit has picked up his first Division I scholarship opportunity.
West (6-2, 297), a potential two-way standout at the next level, confirmed via Twitter that Alcorn State provided him with his first offer Thursday evening.
The news comes as positive reinforcement for West, who put together a stellar 2014 season as the anchor of Chapel Hill's strong offensive line and shined during the third annual ETSN.fm + APEC Football Recruiting Combine in Tyler earlier this month.
West worked out with a group of 12 offensive linemen at East Texas' premier recruiting showcase on May 10, and came away with OL MVP honors. He put up 15 bench press reps at 225 pounds, second-most among his positional group, and held his own during a supremely competitive one-on-one session against some of the area's top pass rushers.
Alcorn State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and competes on the FCS level. Fourth-year coach Jay Hopson guided the Braves to a 10-3 record and the school's first SWAC championship game win -- 38-24 over Southern -- in 2014.
The school is located in Lorman, Miss.
Notable Alcorn State alumni include quarterback Steve McNair, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1994, was the third overall pick by the Houston Oilers in 1995 NFL draft. McNair spent 13 seasons in the NFL, guiding the Tennessee Titans to a Super Bowl appearance following the 1999 season, and earning the league's Co-Most Valuable honor in 2003.
West is the only returning starter on a Chapel Hill offensive line that helped the Bulldogs average 38.5 points and 438.5 yards per game in 2014. Chapel Hill finished 6-6 a season ago, dropping a 49-28 decision to eventual Class 4A Division I state champion Navasota in the area round of the playoffs.
Chapel Hill, which does return a significant number of impact players on offense, will begin the 2015 season Aug. 28 at home against Lindale.
West, like all 2016 football prospects, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him on Feb. 3.