Ryan West Having Exposive Year At Oswego

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The Fighting Illini football team seeks to recruit at least one quarterback every year. They have a commitment from a top quarterback for the 2011 recruiting class, but juniors are prominent in their thinking as well. One who is making a positive impression is Oswego's Ryan West. He threw for 409 yards in a heart-breaking loss to Plainfield North last Friday.

Ryan West did well enough as a high school sophomore to draw attention from colleges. The strong-armed quarterback drew Illinois coaches to his games this summer at the Illini 7 on 7 camp as well.

Now a junior, West was 38 for 58 passing for 409 yards last Friday night in a loss to Plainfield North. He ran 13 times for 74 more yards. His 483 total yards was magnificent, but Oswego lost 48-43. Plainfield North's Kapri Bibbs ran for an incredible 517 yards to pull out the victory.

Speaking prior to that game, West said he is having a good season.

"I'm doing pretty good. I think I have about 1350 yards and 16 touchdowns. I always think I could do better. I'm always looking for improvement."

What are his strengths as a quarterback?

"Basically, I can do something with the ball. I have good pocket awareness, quick release and strong arm."

Of course, he would like to make improvements as well.

"I'd like to work on my speed and going through my reads quicker."

He had no trouble finding open receivers this summer, and his play this fall has confirmed his talent. He has fond memories of the UI camp.

"That 7 on 7 was a lot of fun. My receivers caught the ball, and our offense was in a groove that day. We did real good."

He is already drawing interest from several schools.

"Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Illinois, Louisville and Wisconsin. Last week I went up to Wisconsin, and Cincinnati has invited me to a game. I plan on attending the Illinois versus Ohio State game."

At the time of the conversation, Oswego was 3-2 on the season. West hoped to finish the regular season 7-2, but he will now need to focus on 6-3. Oswego used to be a smaller school, but its football classification has been changing in recent years.

"Right now it's a toss-up between 6A and 7A. We're not sure which one we're in yet. We've gotten really big in the last couple years. The people just keep on coming in. We have another high school here now."

However his team finishes this year, the 6'-1", 180 pounder envisions better success next season, especially in the passing game.

"A lot of our receivers will be coming back next year. Right now we have two juniors and a sophomore starting for us. It should be a lot of fun next year."

West hasn't yet focused on what he wants in a college.

"I haven't thought about it too much yet. The conference, academics, how the campus is to be around, stuff like that."

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