There's been plenty of publicity about Springdale High junior offensive stars Mitch Mustain and Damian Williams, but they would be the first to tell you that a lot of their success is due to their teammates.
Especially one big young man up front on the offensive line.
Fellow Springdale junior Bartley Webb (6-7, 290, 5.4) is the leader of the offensive line and he's getting almost as much attention as the aforementioned duo, who currently total 25 offers together.
Michigan offered Webb a scholarship on Wednesday to join Arkansas, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Clemson and Kansas in doing so.
"It's a great honor and very humbling to have all of these schools go ahead and offer me," Webb said. "I understand that a lot of people are getting tapes of Mitch and Damian and noticing what I am doing as well and then going ahead and offering me. I think (Springdale) Coach (Gus) Malzahn has done a good job in letting coaches know when they call about who he thinks can play on the college level and getting our name out there."
Webb has already made trips to nearby Arkansas and Texas to look over their campuses and facilities and hopes to make it to Tennessee this weekend.
"We haven't got that set up for sure yet, but I'm hoping we are able to do it," Webb said. "I'm just trying to get a good look at some schools, meet the coaches, tour the facilities and just see what they are like."
Malzahn is obviously a big fan of his big star.
"He improved each and every game this season and just got confidence and kept coming," Malzahn said. "He's going to be a great one."
Webb recently took a one-day trip over to visit Arkansas along with Mustain and Wynne defensive tackle L.T. Walker and spent a lot of time with Razorback offensive line coach Mike Markuson and head football coach Houston Nutt.
"I really enjoyed that day," Webb said. "I got a lot of good information about the school and the program that I was not aware of. It was great to get a tour of all of the facilities that they had, especially the new weight room. It was great to be around Coach Markuson and Coach Nutt and they really made me feel at home. It was great for there to be such a small group there that day so we really got a lot of individual attention instead of there being just a ton of recruits there. It was very eventful and I really enjoyed it."
That came just a little after he made it down to Texas for a Junior Day that ended with him being offered a scholarship.
"Just like at Arkansas, they did a good job in making me feel at home," Webb said. "I got a chance to meet (Texas head) Coach (Mack) Brown and (offensive line) Coach (Mac) McWhorter and players and tour the facilties and was very impressed."
His Michigan offer came on Wednesday and was relayed by Wolverines' head coach Lloyd Carr.
"Coach (Don) Struebing, our offensive line coach, told me that I needed to call Coach (Andy) Moeller, who is Michigan's offensive line coach," Webb said. "I did and we talked for a while and then he passed the phone to Coach Carr. He went over all the people they they have there now, who they had that had gone on to the NFL and just gave me a history of the program. He then said they wanted to offer me a scholarship."
Webb says he is in no hurry to make a decision and that he considers everybody equal on his board right now.
"We are getting close to spring practice and I have dedicated myself to my senior season just like my teammates have," Webb said. "That is our number one focus so all my attention will be here when spring practice starts. If I can fit some things in between spring practice and our summer workouts, I might go look at some more schools, but it is not foremost in my mind right now. I don't know when I might make a decision."
Webb is certainly not content to rest on his laurels.
"I think I have a great work ethic, but I don't think there is any one area that I am just great in and don't need to improve in," Webb said. "I think that's the right attitude to have and one that I will keep throughout my career."
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