The season got off to a roaring start a few weeks back for Detroit Cass Tech standout, Damon Webb. The two-way athlete validated all of the preseason hype with two touchdown receptions, two forced fumbles, and one interception. His stats weren’t as gaudy in two subsequent victories, but he has definitely still made his presence felt.
“Things are going real well,” said Webb. “We haven’t lost yet so we just keep building and getting better. I have five catches on the season, but the first four were touchdowns. (On defense) I wouldn’t say they are trying to not go at me. They tried to go toward me in our last game and it didn’t work. I’m just playing sound football doing what my coaches tell me to do.”
“This squad is like a family,” he added. “We’ve got a lot of brotherhood. There’s a great feeling on this team.”
That camaraderie extends off the field where team members have frequently visited college campuses together. Saturday Webb and a handful of his Technician teammates traveled to Ann Arbor for the Wolverines’ home opener against Air Force.
“The game was real good and the atmosphere was hype,” Webb stated. “It was real crazy because some of the fans knew my name and were hollering my name, telling me to ‘Go Blue!’ That was one of the highlights of my day.”
When the game was over Webb & company received similar red carpet treatment from the Michigan coaching staff.
“I talked to Coach Singletary, Coach Mattison and Coach Curt Mallory,” said Webb. “(Mattison) was just telling me how much he really wants me. We talked about how we were doing and they were telling me anytime I wanted to come up there, I was invited.”
Wolverines defensive backs coach Curt Mallory made it a point devote much of his time after the game to delivering Webb a very clear message.
“He was telling me how thin they were at the cornerback spot and how they would use me,” the talented youngster said matter-of-factly.
“Mallory is a real personable guy,” added Webb‘s father, Damon Sr. “He gave us a great impression. He is a family man just like myself. Him and Damon are going to keep in contact, which is a good sign.”
Next up for Webb is a return visit to East Lansing Saturday for Michigan State’s clash with Notre Dame. He also plans to trip to the campuses of Ohio State and LSU to round out the visit tour to his top four schools. Though he insists there is no leader among the quartet, Michigan definitely made the most of its opportunity to make a strong impression.
“When you’re in the Big House with 112,000 people, there is a wow factor,” the elder Webb said. “It’s a great institution. I know he wants to play in front of a lot of people… well there it is. That’ll be a decision he has to make.”