“I just went down (to Ohio State) for a visit -- I didn’t participate in (Friday Night Lights), said Webb. “The visit went real well. I got to see the academic center for Ohio State and I was real impressed.”
“(Saturday) we looked good in the alumni game. We actually won on the last play of the game with a touchdown. The alumni game was great. It’s not every day you get to go up against kids that are in college already or kids that are going to college.”
|Jourdan Lewis and Damon Webb|
“Today I went to the barbecue at Michigan and this visit was more family oriented (than past trips to Ann Arbor). All the big people came out like the athletic director. They took us on the tour of the whole campus. I was kicking it with Khalid Hill, JD (Jourdan Lewis), David Dawson, and Deon Drake most of the time. I could that most of the commits are all good friends and they’ve already have got that bond. It just felt like a family event.”
The daylong affair in Ann Arbor provided Webb and his family with the opportunity to get to know Michigan’s staff on a more personal level. For a youngster that has seen the intensity of his recruitment pick up significantly in recent weeks, it was a refreshingly different approach.
“There was football talk, but they were talking about other stuff most of the time,” Webb recalled. “I spent a lot of time talking to Coach Jackson, Coach Mallory, and Coach Singletary. And they’re not pressuring me or nothing. They just wanted me to enjoy myself. They want me to come down there for a couple of games this year. They were just asking me questions and trying to get to know me and stuff.”
They also wanted Webb to get to know Michigan… the non-football side of Michigan. That too drew rave reviews.
“I was really impressed by the academic side,” he said. “I could tell that getting a Michigan degree is real big. That’s one thing that’s a plus that really stood out in my mind… that the academics there are like nobody else’s. I think my parents enjoyed themselves too. They really liked the campus and the atmosphere.”
While the Wolverines further justified their strong standing in Webb’s recruitment, the talented youngster indicated that there hasn’t been much movement atop his leaderboard.
LSU in a recent addition to the group after a stellar camp performance in Baton Rouge earlier this month earned the Motor City standout a scholarship offer. Now he is giving the Tigers a serious look.
“I feel like I could go out there and compete with the down south boys because I feel like my talent level is just as good as theirs,” said Webb. “Plus my mom is from down there. All her family is there.”
That extended family is clearly an unexpected feather in the Tigers’ cap. That said, while their presence in the Bayou lessens the distance factor, “at the same time it doesn’t because I still want my parents to come to my games.
In other words, the lure of being close to home is still pretty strong too.