Editor's note: Towson junior running back Terrance West declared early for the NFL draft after setting school records with 4,584 rushing yards and 86 touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 223-pound Baltimore native is not enrolled at Towson this semester as he pursues the NFL and is sharing his draft experiences with Baltimore Sun reporter Aaron Wilson. At the NFL scouting combine, West delivered a strong performance as he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds with a 33.5-inch vertical leap and caught the football smoothly in drills. West had formal meetings with 13 NFL teams, including the Ravens and Cleveland Browns. This is the fifth in an occasional series leading up to the draft in May:
I’m back in Baltimore. To be able to recharge is amazing. I’ve been going ever since right after the season. I went straight down to IMG Sports Academy [Bradenton, Fla.] after the season. I took this week off to get my body and legs back underneath me.
I’m feeling pretty good. I can’t wait to get back to the grind.
I caught up on my sleep. During the whole combine, I had only like nine hours of sleep out of the three days I was there.
Some of the teams have called since the combine to talk to me. [West is scheduling upcoming visits and private workouts with NFL teams].
I’ve been around my family. I’ve seen my mom. I was just at my aunt’s house and saw my little cousins. I got a lot of time with my family.
My family’s good. I saw my grandfather. He’s doing pretty good. We went out to eat, me and my family, we went out to dinner. We went to a pizza place. It was good.
I went up to Towson and saw a couple of the players. They were excited to see me. I wanted to see how the team was looking. I’m confident about the upcoming season.
I had a good conversation with [Towson coach Rob Ambrose].
I got good feedback from everyone. Everyone is being supportive.
I went to the Towson basketball game. We won. It was cool.
I had a lot of people come up to me. The student section gave me a round of applause. It was amazing. I talked to a lot of people. Nothing has changed. I’m the same as ever. They were just excited to see me.
I get back to the gym this week and I stay focused on the prize. Nothing stops.
I’m working out in Baltimore at the Under Armour training facility.
I got the week and the days to unwind. Now, it’s time to get back to work. I can’t wait.