Last week, Irish defensive line coach Mike Elston connected with West and made sure the 6-foot-0, 183-pound safety understood the process ahead of his recruitment.
"Last week I spoke with Notre Dame coach Mike Elston," said West. "He wanted to let me know to stay patient with his as this is going to be a long process. He said Notre Dame does things a lot different than other schools and to stick with him and don't get mad as him because I don't have an offer yet.
"He said it's going to happen as long as I keep doing what I'm doing on and off the field and wants to stay in contact with me a lot."
Offered already by Tennessee, West Virginia, and Penn State among others, West stressed he understood the difference between Notre Dame and other programs and that has his interest high in the Irish.
"This is all about life after football," said West. "If I don't make it o the NFL, I know a Notre Dame education would set me up for life in the real world.
"Notre Dame plays the highest level of football and made it all the way to the National Championship. Even though it ended badly, they made it to the game."
Being pulled in several directions to visit programs for upcoming junior day events has West sure of only one thing.
"I'm not sure I'm going to make it up for their Junior Day," said West. "Several programs are having their Junior Days on the same day so I'll have to talk with my family. But I'll definitely make it up there for a spring practice if I don't make it to the Junior Day."