There’s always something special about the first offer for an athlete. It’s the culmination of all the blood, sweat, and tears finally paying off in a tangible way for the future. Cosby’s Ethan West landed that first offer when the University of Virginia offered the 6-4, 210-pounder.
“It’s a blessing to start off with a big offer like UVA and to have the opportunity to play the game I love at the collegiate level,” West said. “They have a great program and great academics.”
As a freshman, West was an impact performer on both sides of the ball for the Titans. He showed his versatility as a big pass catching target or blocker down field, and as a hard hitting safety in the secondary. In fact, head coach Pete Mutascio only expects to see his role expand in the coming season.
“Ethan is s very hard worker in the field and in the weight room,” Mutascio said. “He is a big influence on his teammates. On the field, he has the size, speed and athleticism to play multiple positions. We played him at wide receiver/Slot and free safety last year. This year he will also get work at strong safety. Ethan we also get a few reps a day at QB.”
This past season, Mutascio battled throat cancer while still coaching the Titans and leading them into postseason play. All the while, he still maintained the coaching responsibilities like helping West with his recruiting.
“Coach [Mutascio] has been very helpful in the recruiting process,” West said. “It was an honor to play under someone so strong and admirable as he went through treatments. He has taught all of us to believe in ourselves regardless of any adversity we might face.”
Heading into his sophomore season, West has been busy attending camps in the summer. So far, he has camped at Duke, James Madison, N.C. State, Richmond, Virginia Tech and Virginia. West has already made a stellar impression in his freshman season and his stock is only going to rise in the years to come.