High school football: Westmoore's Jhames West back at natural position of quarterback

After Westmoore quarterback Trevor Thompson graduated last year, there was no doubt in Billy Langford's mind who he wanted at quarterback: Jhames West.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 11, 2012
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After Westmoore quarterback Trevor Thompson graduated last year, there was no doubt in Billy Langford's mind who he wanted at quarterback.

More than a year after he moved Jhames West from quarterback to receiver, Langford asked West to move back to his natural position.

“He wants the ball in his hands,” Langford said. “There's so many things he can do when plays break down and him making me look like a superstar play-caller when he makes things happen with his feet.”

For West, moving back has been a comforting experience, though he said practices have ramped up in intensity.

“It's interesting,” West said. “There's a lot more to do in practices now. Before, they'd sometimes be a little bit boring. Now, though, there's plenty to work on.”

As a sophomore, West was the Jaguars' best read-option quarterback, but Thompson edged him out, Langford said.

Later that year, West transitioned to receiver when an injury necessitated the move. That position is likely where West will play in college.

Since moving back, though, West sees the game differently.

“When I was a sophomore back here, everything was super-fast,” he said. “Everything looked cluttered in my head when I was out there. Now, things are moving a whole lot slower for me.

“That's such an advantage right now.”

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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