"My dad called me every name in the book and said, 'If you don't try to get this guy, you're the biggest moron on the face of the earth,'" Dykes said."We got a release, and due to the unusual nature at the time, in order for us to have an opportunity to recruit him, he had to sign a a scholarship agreement with us, so we went out to visit him. We all made trips -- Jake made several, I made one -- and we got to know him out in Lubbock."
When Webb and Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury reached an understanding that Webb would transfer, Webb gathered a list as he made the decision to transfer, and sent his father out to watch Dykes and the Bears during Cal's Armed Forces Bowl practices in Texas.
Webb also spoke with former Bears quarterback Jared Goff.
"I've known Jared for a while, we went to the Redondo Elite 11, when we were in high school," Webb said. "I've really respected his work ethic, the way he played. Now he's a LA Ram, and one of my best friends is on the team in Brad Marquez, and I hear nothing but good things. I've heard nothing but good things from Jared about the team, the staff, the Pac-12 and the area."
Webb enters Cal as the likely frontrunner to replace Goff, drafted No. 1 overall last month by the Los Angeles Rams. The offense Kingsbury ran at Texas Tech is nearly identical to the one which will be run at Cal by offensive coordinator Jake Spavital. Dykes called the situation a "perfect marriage" because Spavital and Webb "speak the same language."
"All these things that take years to develop, he can do that today, and he can do that yesterday, and that's what makes this such a unique situation for everybody involved," Dykes said of Webb's knowledge of the intricacies of an offense that he's coached in since he began his career under Hal Mumme.
Spavital coming on board was "a huge part," Webb said.
"Spav is the biggest part of this whole thing -- his relationship with Davis," Dykes said. "They were familiar with each other. He did a great job of recruiting him and making him feel comfortable ... Jake was the most critical part of this."
"I've put in hard work for three years learning this offense, and I didn't want that to go to waste," Webb said.
Webb committed to Colorado in January, but the Bears still pursued him, and he finally flipped to Cal on May 18. Webb said the Buffs knew before it hit the news, but did not remember the date on which he told the staff. One source close to Colorado said that the staff learned of his decision on the morning of May 18. He was accepted into Cal's school of public health as a graduate student late last week, drove from Lubbock, Tex., through Arizona and up to the Bay Area and moved in last weekend, starting class on Monday.
"He was going through the process, intended to go to Colorado, and had a change of plans, like young people do all the time," Dykes said. "He handled it the way you would want your son to handle that same situation. He was up front and honest from the very beginning with everybody. That's why they have this rule -- for kids to have an opportunity to get into a situation that's the best for them."
Webb visited the Golden Bears in early April after seeing a March 16 Colorado scrimmage in which the Buffaloes' offensive line struggle greatly. While Webb was on the Cal campus, Colorado's offensive line gave up four quarterback hurries and two sacks in the official spring game.
"On my official visit here, my host was Steven Moore, and I got to hang around the offensive line, and they have an extremely good work ethic," Webb said. "If you're going to be a good team, the group that has to work the best together, that has to be the closest, is the offensive line."
The addition of Demetris Robertson on May 1, plus the coming out party for Melquise Stovall during the spring game gives Webb two top-flight weapons right away, and with four of the five offensive line starters returning, plus the top three most productive running backs, the Cal offense has the pieces to be very productive.
http://www.scout.com/college/california/story/1658890-spavital-breaks-do...ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Webb as his No. 1 senior quarterback prospect.
At Tech, Webb played under Kingsbury, who coached with current Cal offensive coordinator Spavital at Houston in 2009. Kingsbury and Spavital have shared a very close connection, ever since Kingsbury was an offensive quality control assistant, and Spavital a graduate assistant that season, under Dana Holgorsen.
“Davis Webb is the hardest working individual I've ever had the privilege of coaching," Kingsbury said in a December 2015 news release when Webb announced his intent to transfer. "He's a fierce competitor and an extremely talented quarterback. Wherever Davis lands, he will immediately change the outlook of that program."
The Cal spring game on April 16 provided little clarity in the quarterback race, though Zach Kline performed the best, going 15-of-16 for 202 yards and two touchdowns. Presumptive frontrunner, Chase Forrest, went 16-of-23 for 176 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Ross Bowers went 11-of-21 for 152 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Max Gilliam went 7-of-10 for 80 yards, but did rip off several big runs.
None of those quarterbacks, though, bring the pedigree of Webb.
"We didn't go into this looking for a graduate transfer," said Dykes in a conference call on Wednesday. "His situation was very unique, just the fact that he's so familiar with this offense, and has had a level of success at Texas Tech at a similar program and a very similar style of play. Sometimes, things are just good fits."
Dykes stopped short of saying that Webb would be the starter, though he did say that the the players would be under an "accelerated timeline" this summer in order for whoever the new starting quarterback is to get up to speed.
"We'll let the guys compete and figure it out," Dykes said. "We'll do the same thing with Jeremiah Stuckey at center."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pounder, who played behind Pat Mahomes in 2015 for the Red Raiders, has thrown 46 touchdowns to 22 picks over his career, and has a quick release and a strong arm, earning Holiday Bowl Offensive MVP in 2013 against then-No. 14 Arizona State by carving up the Sun Devils to the tune of 403 passing yards and four touchdowns, going 28-of-41.
In 2014, Webb was an Academic All-Big 12 second team selection, also appearing on the Maxwell Award Watch List and the Manning Award Watch List, starting eight games and passing for 2,539 yards, 24 touchdowns and 13 picks in 211-of-345 passing (61.2%). After injuring his ankle against TCU on Oct. 25, Webb missed the final four games, and at the end of the season, he had surgery on his left shoulder, which he injured against Oklahoma State. During the four games Webb spent on the shelf, Mahomes averaged 439.6 yards passing per game, and 4.6 touchdowns, and he took the reins for good last season, with Webb appearing in only five games.