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Texas A&M Football

When Damon West talks, college football teams listen

June 21, 2020
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Dabo Swinney has helped launch a lot of careers in the past decade, but none have come from the depths as that of a 5-foot-10 quarterback from Texas.

Damon West was nervous that day in Houston when he hit Swinney with his own 30-second recruiting pitch. It already had fallen flat with six or seven other college football coaches. West wasn’t trying to land a college scholarship. He was hoping he could sell the Clemson coach on letting him speak to this team.

“I’d already bombed a half-dozen times with all the other coaches there that night,” West said of that January evening in 2017 in Houston at the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Awards.

 
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