Ducks add speedy walk-on Jadarius West

When a school has a national reputation, sometimes the recruits will come knocking on its doorstep.

For the Oregon Ducks, that was the case last week when Jadarius West of Riverdale (Ga.) Charles Drew Charter School decided to enroll at Oregon in order to walk on with the Ducks' football and track and field programs.

Despite scholarship offers in football from Kentucky and East Carolina, West signed with Hutchinson Community College in Kansas last spring. Now, he has decided to leave and walk on at Oregon in hopes of earning a scholarship in one of the sports.

West, who starred as a running back and a defensive back in high school, hopes to join the football team in the spring. At 5-foot-9 and 175-pounds, West might be considered undersized, unless you look at Oregon's football roster. He is almost identical in size -- and speed -- as current Ducks star De'Anthony Thomas. While West doesn't appear to be the second coming of Thomas, he could become an asset.

Where West could prove to be the most valuable is with Oregon's powerful track and field program. The Ducks have always excelled in the distance and field events. The sprints are where the Ducks have been lacking most years. West has of personal bests of 10.37 seconds in the 100-meter dash and a 21.03 seconds in the 200.

Along with Thomas -- should he decide to give track his all -- Dontre Wilson of DeSoto (Texas) High School and Thomas Tyner of Aloha (Ore.) High School, West will give the Ducks several sprinters who run in that time range. With marks like those and expected improvement, the Ducks might finally have some sprinters capable of earning them valuable points in the regional and national track meets.