Explosive RB/WR Grayson West punched his ticket to the 2019 Youth1 Freshman450.
The 5-foot-9 athlete, who attends Harrison High School in Kennesaw, GA, says the honor of making the list is something he definitely doesn’t take for granted.
West is overjoyed by the accolade.
“I couldn’t be happier,” West said. “It’s always nice to be recognized, especially when you consider the number of talented players there are across the country.”
Being a part of the Freshman450 provides West with a huge boost of confidence.
“This shows me that I am better than I give myself credit for,” West said. “I always have belief in myself but this shows that my hard work and dedication has been paying off.”
Another recent accolade for West is earning MVP at the NUC All American Camp in July.
West is staying active to ensure he continues to hone his skills. West is aiming to make NextGen’s “The Show” for a second consecutive year.
“I will be playing spring ball and running track for my school. I will definitely be attending the NextGen camp in Atlanta (as a receiver) so I can continue to improve on becoming a complete back and hopefully qualify for a second year to “The Show” but as a WR instead of a RB,” West said. “I should be well prepared by then to clock my best 40 time with the help of my speed and agility coach Frank Adams from Xcelerate Sports Development.”
Even though he hasn’t gotten plenty of reps, West is making the most of his opportunities this season.
“That’s hard to quantify due to the limited number of touches I’m currently getting due to the offense we run,” West said. “That being said, I’m still averaging over 7 yards per carry with 3 touchdowns in the first two games this season.”
West is the ultimate team player. That’s why the individual stats or amount of reps don’t mean as much to him as what the scoreboard says.
“I really enjoy breaking a long run for a touchdown,” West said. “But ultimately what I love the most about playing football is winning.”
That being said, West relishes the chances he gets in space to showcase his dynamic skill set.
“With both positions I enjoy the freedom to be creative once I have the ball in the open field,” West said.
West strives to emulate this standout NFL running back.
“Christian McCaffrey continues to impress me by his continued growth as a professional since entering the league,” West said. “He has really evolved into a complete three-down back and pass catcher. Not to mention the strength he’s gained since his days at Stanford.”
West’s tremendous talent and positive attitude makes him a coach’s dream.
“My strengths are my versatility to play multiple positions, my speed and strength, and my vision in the open field,” West said. “Also, I’ve been told I’m easy to coach.”
West is hard at work making improvements so that his game can translate to the next level.
“I’m working on blocking on pass protection, and patience with carrying the ball while waiting for my blockers,” West said. “Also my footwork and getting off my block faster when running routes.”
To view the entire Freshman450, please click -> here.
For more on Grayson West, check out his Youth1 Media Profile -> here.
To view some of his game highlights, please click -> here.
Article written by Rolando Rosa.
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