The Book on Damon Webb

Damon Webb pulled something of a surprise this weekend, committing to Ohio State and giving the Buckeyes their second verbal in the 2014 class. Here is a closer look at Webb.

Damon Webb profile

Where We've Seen Him: Raw Talent Combine (2012), Sound Mind Sound Body Camp (2012), Ohio State Camp (2012), Adidas Invitational (2012), vs. Birmingham Brother Rice (2012), vs. U of D Jesuit (2012), vs. Detroit Catholic Central (2012)

The Beginning: Webb had always been seen as more of a wide receiver prospect. He started as a freshman and sophomore at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and starred there before transferring to Cass Tech as a junior. It was over that summer, before his junior year, that he began to play cornerback and made a big splash by going toe to toe successfully against highly touted senior receiver Laquon Treadwell. The scholarship offers followed soon after that.

A Natural: Size, speed, natural playmaking ability, Webb has it all. At 6'0, 175-lbs, he has a good frame. He's physical and able to play on the line of scrimmage, and his talents as a receiver carry over to defense as he is a ballhawk with great ball skills. I've also seen him come up and blow up wide receiver screens and outside run plays, showing aggressiveness and ability as a tackler.

Work in Progress: Still relatively new to the position, Webb's natural tools have allowed him to be ranked as one of the nation's best at the spot. He still has learning to do there, but has all of the prerequisites for the spot. His athleticism has allowed him to make up for some of that inexperience, and his technique and understanding of the position will only get better through the coming years.

Big Plays at Big Times: Against fellow defending state champion Brother Rice to open the 2012 season, Webb had two touchdown catches, a forced fumble and a game sealing interception. In the state title game, he had an interception and a forced fumble.

Ranking: Webb is currently the number 33 player in the country. He is locked in a very very tight battle for the top spot in Michigan with Loyola High defensive lineman Malik McDowell and Grand Rapids Christian wide receiver Drake Harris. All three are no doubt among the best in the country and all three have their case. McDowell currently stands atop the list, but Harris and Webb issued strong challenges with their postseason play.

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