Beauregard, Ala.--One of the most explosive high school football players in Alabama this season, 2018 running back prospect Ladamian Webb has been an unstoppable force for the Hornets as they charge into Thursday night’s 5A title game against Wenonah at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Rushing for 1,775 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore when Beauregard lost to Jackson in the third round of the playoffs, Webb was determined to get his team over that hump this time around and did everything but pop the popcorn last Friday night in a 45-25 win over the Aggies.
Carrying the ball 43 times, Webb ran for 301 yards and a pair of scores to help the Hornets defeat Jackson. Playing defensive back the 5-8, 184-pounder also added two interceptions, one for a touchdown.
It was a performance that Coach Rob Carter said was one of the ages and just shows what kind of player and competitor they have in Webb. When the Hornets take the field on Thursday, Carter noted that fans are going to see something special from his running back.
“They’re going to see a kid that has been underestimated because of his height,” Carter said. “He’s got an unbelievable motor. His balance, you’re going to see a kid that continues to fight for yards after contact. Hold your breath because he’s getting ready to do something amazing.
“He knows right now it’s probably unlimited touches. He’ll tell me when he wants to come out. Just be ready and keep your eyes on three when he touches the ball because he’s getting ready to show you something.”
Currently with 2,883 yards and 42 touchdowns on the season, Webb is looking to become just the fifth player in state history to eclipse the 3,000 yard mark. With four touchdowns he would tie Austin Stiefel from Fyffe with 46 rushing touchdowns in a season.
While those numbers would be nice, Webb said just winning a state championship is his main goal when they take the field on Thursday.
“It feels pretty good,” Webb said. “It’s the first time we have made it to the state title game. Hopefully, we can win it and bring it back home to Beauregard.
“This year has been kind of surprising,” he added of his individual numbers. “Last year I had a pretty good season, but now that everybody knows me I thought it was going to be a little tougher on me. Surprisingly it has been better for me.”
Molding his running style after former Ohio State star and current Dallas Cowboys rookie Ezekiel Elliott but saying that Michigan is his favorite school at the moment, Webb has early offers from Troy and Bowling Green with other schools such as Ole Miss and showing interest.
Playing on the biggest stage of his career in the state title game on Thursday he said this is his opportunity to catch the eye of schools such as Auburn and Alabama and really get his recruitment kicked into high gear.
“It feels good knowing that I can continue my dream of trying to make it,” Webb said. “I just want to be able to get off the streets and do something I’ve always wanted to do.
“It would be great but it hasn’t happened yet,” he added of interest from Auburn. “Hopefully, it happens because that’s what I’m wanting to do. I think this is an opportunity because we get to play in Auburn at Jordan-Hare. I’m sure a lot of scouts will be there. It’s going to be a big night.”