Webb Has Something to Prove

The top-ranked prospect of North Carolina's 2013 recruiting class is Greg Webb, the No. 10-ranked defensive tackle in the nation. As he faxed in his UNC Letter of Intent on Wednesday, he said he's eager to live up to the billing.

"I feel like I have something to prove," Webb said. "I have the expectations that I should be able to produce my freshmen year. It doesn't add any pressure, because I already know what I have to do before I even get there."

Webb, a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder from Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek, switched his verbal commitment from Penn State in July. He finalized that decision by signing

"It's finally happening," Webb said. "I can pursue my dreams for real and it's getting closer and closer every day."

Throughout his recruitment, Webb has had teammate and fellow signee Dajaun Drennon by his side.

"It shows how strong our friendship is," Webb said. "It shows how much we can do together, because recruiting is no slack. You have to bring your ‘A' game or it's going to overrun you. It's just another test that we have gone through."

Webb's UNC commitment withstood a couple of staff changes. First, primary recruiter Dave Duggan departed for Southern Miss. Deke Adams, then UNC's defensive line coach, took over Webb's recruitment. About a month later – immediately following Webb's UNC official visit no less – Adams left for South Carolina.

UNC replaced Adams with Keith Gilmore. Webb has spent the past couple of weeks establishing a relationship with Gilmore.

"I've had a lot of contact with Coach Gilmore – probably almost ten conversations," Webb said. "I think we already have built a good rapport and we're going to have a great relationship throughout college.

"We've just talked about ourselves, what we plan to do, goals, expectations, [and] things we're going to do next year."

Among Webb's goals is to get onto the field as a true freshman.

"Everything is based on hard work," Webb said. "Nobody can be given a [starting] position off the bat – nobody, I don't care who you are. I'm aiming for 50 snaps a game and trying to get a starting position in my freshmen year."

If he does see the field, Webb will be helping UNC fill the void left by Sylvester Williams, who is projected to be selected in the early rounds of the upcoming NFL Draft.

"It's a good place to step in after him, because I know all the things he represented on the field," Webb said. "He's a great defensive lineman and I want to have my career follow his. I want to have a lot to show for what I've done at Carolina. I look at it like a competition – I want to compete against his status."

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