Shortly after Terrance West finished working out for the Ravens on Monday, the former Towson star running back got a text message from coach John Harbaugh saying he intends to stay in touch.
West is hoping his performance during the Ravens' local prospect day is the start of a budding relationship with his hometown team, which is expected to draft a running back in May.
He was among a contingent of local draft prospects who were invited to workout for the Ravens at their training complex. NFL teams are allowed to organize a workout for players with geographic ties to their city, which doesn’t count against the 30 official visits teams are allotted.
“It was amazing, I felt like I was home and that I was wanted,” said West, who visits the Minnesota Vikings on today and the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow. “Everybody already knew who I was when I got there and was excited to meet me. It felt pretty good, like a dream come true.”
West has visited the Tennessee Titans and had private meetings with the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. He has six to seven upcoming visits.
“I'm having fun with everything with the draft process,” said West, who rushed for 4,585 career yards and 86 touchdowns. “Same as always, I'm grinding every day.”
West was joined Monday by other prospects, including Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill), Towson cornerback Jordan Love, Maryland cornerback Dexter McDougle and Arkansas fullback Kiero Small (Cardinal Gibbons).
Campanaro caught a school-record 229 passes for the Demon Deacons and finished with 2,506 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Clarksville native is hoping to be drafted as high as the third round after running the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds with a 39-inch vertical leap and 20 reps in the bench press at the combine.
Could the Ravens be the right fit for Campanaro?
“Definitely, I think it would be a potential landing spot for me,” Campanaro said. “The things they do in their offense, I can definitely fit that mold. I got good vibes from the coaching staff.”
A transfer from Georgia, Love was an All-Colonial Athletic Association conference selection last season. Alongside West, he worked out for the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
“I was really comfortable and the Ravens said I looked really good and liked how I moved,” Love said. “The Ravens could definitely be a team for me. You kind of get a vibe for who likes you and how much they communicate with you.
“I got good feedback from the Falcons. I treated it like a game. I won't get another chance at this. This is my time.”
At 5-foot-8, 248 pounds, Small was a lead blocker for the Razorbacks. He rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns last season, catching 19 passes for 128 yards.
“It was a very successful day,” said Small, who’s worked out for the Falcons and visits the Cleveland Browns next week. “Me being from Baltimore, I've always been a Ravens fan and watched guys like [former Ravens All-Pro fullback] Vonta Leach. It’s been a long journey, but every step has made me more thankful for the opportunity.
“Some teams are talking draft pick for me, some are saying free agent. However it falls, wherever I land, I'm there to play some football.”
Other participants Monday included, Georgia Tech cornerback Louis Young (Good Counsel), Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin, Morgan State offensive guard Karim Barton and William & Mary safety Jerome Couplin III (Bishop McNamara).
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