Among the stops that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder made in Georgia this past week was Morgan County, home of three-star defensive end M.J. Webb.
“I’ve talked to coach (Scott) Booker, the defensive line coach, and coach VanGorder,” Webb said. “Coach VanGorder told me this week that I’ve had the offer for about two months now, but I didn’t know about it. He told my coach I was offered, but I never found about it.
“I’m really glad I have this offer. It’s an elite school. A degree from there would mean I would get a head start on everyone else in making money.”
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman also boasts offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.
Webb isn’t listing top schools, but a handful of programs received mention when asked which are recruiting him hardest.
“Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, South Carolina and Auburn,” Webb said.
After camping in Columbus last summer, the idea of leaving the South for college materialized for Webb.
“I see myself leaving the South,” Webb said. “I’ve been down here my entire life. I went on a visit to Ohio State, and I loved it. It showed me what else is out there.”
Webb plans to make a decision this summer. But first, he has intentions of seeing South Bend.
“I plan on visiting Notre Dame in June for Irish Invasion,” Webb said. “I’m visiting Auburn in June, too, and I’m visiting LSU in July.”
The Irish are recruiting Webb as a strong-side defensive end.
“I can play defensive end or defensive tackle,” Webb said. “Notre Dame says they like me for defensive end. It doesn’t matter to me.”