Getting to know a Nole: Jackson West

In the coming weeks, Florida State’s true freshmen who enrolled early will have the chance to meet with the media via Zoom. As we learn more about them, we’ll include some bio information, quotes from their interviews and post the full video.

Next: Jackson West. If you missed our previous look at Bryston Estes or Kevin Knowles click on the links. Stories on FSU’s transfers are archived here.

Quick facts: The 6-foot-4, 235-pound West will wear No. 48 for the Seminoles.

High school: West was considered one of the top-20 tight ends in the nation in the class of 2021 by 247Sports and ESPN. He was also viewed as one of the top-20 prospects in Alabama. As a senior, West caught 19 passes for 269 yards and one touchdown in only three games. He made 23 receptions for 411 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. West also helped the basketball team win the state title in his sophomore season.

Evaluating West: The Osceola’s Patrick Burnham analyzed West’s junior film last summer: “West has good size, soft hands and does a good job of finding the open areas against zone coverage. He runs well and can pick up yardage after the catch.”

West isn’t on Twitter or Instagram. Why aren’t you on social media?: “I got to give credit to my mom there. Keep your head down, keep working. It’s worked out for me so far. I don’t plan on it anytime soon.”

Why did you want to enroll early?: “My decision to enroll early, I felt like I needed more preparation for the spring and the up and coming season, transferring from high school. I felt like I wasn’t college-ready yet. So whenever they said, we’ll allow this class to enroll early, which I was lucky, because our school had never done that. This is the first year our school has allowed early enrollment. So I was kind of like, ‘Where do I sign?’ Because I just didn’t feel like I was prepared enough. So I wanted that extra couple of months to really touch up and mold into what they want you to be so. And then the conditioning workouts have been good. Obviously, just adapting to them and just becoming more acquainted to the program. Just getting in the weight room. I love it. It’s fun. I’m not going to say hard, but it’s challenging. It’s very challenging. And that’s kind of one of the things that I love the most is when I committed or when I was getting recruited by coach Norvell, he was like, ‘This is gonna be one of the hardest things you ever are going to do in your life.’ And I was like, ‘That’s kind of what I want.’ “

What do you like about Norvell’s offense: “I really liked how he uses the tight end in the offense. They do a little bit of everything. For me personally, I know that I’ll get a little bit of a taste of everything that has to come along with a tight end and being versatile and all that. And just last year how he showed how he was using Cam (McDonald) and Wyatt (Rector). It was great to see for me personally. And that’s kind of what got me amped up.”

What were your thoughts on FSU’s campus or Doak Campbell Stadium when you visited or took a virtual tour?: “I was lucky enough to get a visit in before the whole COVID thing shut down. I think I was the last group, if I’m not mistaken. Of course, that’s really important because you want to see where you’re going to be living and playing for the next four years. I think it’s a great campus. It’s a great place to be at. I don’t regret my decision one bit. I’m just happy to be here.”

What were your impressions of Chris Thomsen and Kenny Dillingham from your recruitment: “We texted and called a little bit. Very straightforward guys. Very approachable. They’ll talk to you just about anything you want to talk about. They’re good guys, honest guys. Respect their work ethic and what they’re doing and trying to do in this program. It was really interesting, just because coach Thomsen said, ‘I’m not going to be the type of guy to call you every day, text you every day. This is your decision. I’m gonna let you made that decision. I’m here to help you out in any way.’ And I thought that was really unique. And just kind of putting faith and trust.”