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Ravens to meet with Towson running back Terrance West Friday night

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Towson star running back Terrance West traveled all the way to the NFL scouting combine to talk to his hometown team about a job.

West is scheduled to meet with the Ravens on Friday night, along with seven other NFL teams.

The Baltimore native is an emerging draft prospect whose stock is rising, according to multiple draft analysts, with projections ranging from the second round to third round.

"I would go anywhere right now, but, being a Raven, it would be amazing just to play for my home city and play for the Ravens," said West, who measured in at 5 feet 9, 225 pounds Friday and will run the 40-yard dash on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. "The Ravens, that was my favorite team growing up."

West rushed for 2,509 yards and 42 total touchdowns last season and owns the school record with 86 career touchdowns. He finished with 4,584 career yards.

"I think West is a heck of a running back," said retired former Dallas Cowboys general manager Gil Brandt, who now analyzes the draft for the NFL. "This guy, this is a man. I think he's pretty good."

The Ravens are in the market for a running back after finishing 30th in rushing offense last season as Ray Rice, who was recently arrested and charged with simple assault-domestic violence, struggled with hip and quadriceps injuries and gained just 660 yards.

Plus, backup running back Bernard Pierce is recuperating from rotator cuff surgery.

The Ravens also are meeting with Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde, Boston College running back Andre Williams and Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey.

West said that he's eager to prove that his game will translate to the NFL after excelling in the Football Championship Subdivision.

"Some of the greatest guys who played the game in the NFL come from small schools, guys like Jerry Rice," West said. "Competition doesn't change. The rules of the game doesn't change. Football is football, no matter what level you're on.

"I just want to compete and just perform on a big stage. It's a blessing. It's a dream come true. This is one [of] my dreams, now I'm just living it."

West said he attempts to emulate NFL running backs such like Marshawn Lynch, Adrian Peterson and Frank Gore, as well as Hall of Fame runners such as Emmitt Smith and Marshall Faulk.

"I score touchdowns and I make people miss," West said. "I got great vision. I got great hands. I always can make a person miss, and I always fall forward.

"I want to show guys that I can do everything. I can run a person over. I can catch out of the backfield. I can block, and I score touchdowns."

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