Towson University running back Terrance West, the runner-up for FCS player of the year who led his school to its first national title game, said he will forgo his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
West, who ran for 2,468 yards this season, received a national draft grade of the third round, and some scouts have him rated higher than that. He has a pro body, runs with authority, is explosive and set several FCS records as a junior. In a weak running back draft, he could be primed to make waves.
West, a Baltimore native, was a big-school recruit, but ended up going to prep school, had difficulty qualifying due to his SAT score and ended up a Towson, a school a few miles outside of downtown, near his home, where he has flourished and drawn plenty of attention from the scouting community.
West could have stayed another season but his pro prospects are high after several standout performances on ESPN during the FCS playoffs and will leave the Baltimore area tomorrow to begin intense combine preparations. West, and Towson corner Jordan Love -- a transfer from Georgia expected to go in the fifth round -- are signing with agent Marc Lillibridge.