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Derrck Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County running back Uriah West, who rushed for 914 yards last season, has committed to play football at Liberty University.

On Sunday, Uriah West and some of his teammates made the 466-mile trek to Liberty University to tour the Virginia school’s athletic department.

West, a running back, left the Lynchburg campus impressed with what he saw in the NCAA Div. I program.

After receiving an official offer letter from Liberty coach Turner Gill on Monday, West decided to commit to the program.

“I was definitely impressed with what they had to offer,” West said. “They showed that they really wanted me. I’m pretty happy with the choice.”

The 208-pound running back is the third Douglas County High player to commit in a four-day span. Tigers linebacker Braelen Oliver committed to Minnesota on Sunday afternoon following a visit on Saturday.

Douglas County cornerback Charles Gadie, who visited the Minnesota campus with Oliver, committed to Eastern Michigan on Monday. Gadie grew up in Detroit before moving to Douglas County with his family five years ago.

Eastern Michigan is located about 35 miles west of Detroit.

Two other county players have also made their college choices in the last few months. Chapel Hill receiver Tyre Shelton was the first player in the county to make a commitment when he picked Miami-Ohio in mid-May. Last month, Alexander safety/linebacker Aaron Casey picked Indiana last month.

Monday begin the first day that NCAA school could extend official written offers to player.

In addition to Liberty, West also had offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Toledo and Troy.

Liberty announced in February that it was making the move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest in the NCAA.

West joins five other recruits to commit to the Flames program, including wide receivers Sean Queen, a senior at Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy in Henry County, and J.T. Wood. Also having committed to Liberty is tight end Mason Yost, defensive lineman Emmanuel Cater and defensive back Marcellous Harris.

Liberty is coached by former Nebraska quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Turner Gill. Douglas County coach Johnny White is a graduate of Liberty and spent a couple years on the coaching staff before beginning his high school coaching career.

Former Tigers wide receiver Fidel Ogbeifun is a freshman tight end on the Flames squad.

Queen is the son of ELCA athletics director, Scott Queen, who was a teammate of White at Liberty.

Last season, West rushed for 914 yards in nine games for the Tigers, who finished 6-4 in White’s first season.

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