If you're looking for Mississippi's fastest prospect, you've found him in Oxford's Jaquan Webb. Webb, in his sophomore season, won the national MLK Indoor Track Classic with a 7.4 in the 60-meter race. The 6-foot-2, two-sport athlete qualified for the Region VI championships in Baton Rouge needing a Top 5 finish to punch his ticket to nationals. Mission accomplished, as he earned a spot at the Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships that was held last July in California
The defending 200-meter champion (21.36) in the state of Mississippi has run a person best 10.62 in the 100-meter race as well. His speed is evident on the football field as well as he has tallied a 20-plus yard per catch average over the last two years at Oxford High.
Football programs have taken notice. Ole Miss offered him in September of his junior season. Scholarships have been rolling in ever since, with a total of eight offers, including Alabama.
"Recruiting is going smooth right now," Webb said. "It's not too much for me to handle. I try and keep everything in perspective and not let it go to my head."
Social media has given him a chance to start to know the different coaches from various colleges.
"Coaches will hit me up on twitter and then we'll start following one another. ASU, MTSU, USM, ULM and Alabama started hitting me up on Twitter. I called them and started building a relationship with those guys. Then they offered me shortly after that. And of course Ole Miss had already offered me. They were my first offer."
One school seems to continue to show the most interest.
"Ole Miss is recruiting me real hard. They have been recruiting me real hard for a while now. MTSU is recruiting me real hard too. Alabama too, but I wouldn't say anyone is recruiting me like Ole Miss."
Going through the recruiting process Webb will be looking at several different factors.
"I'm just trying to get to know the coaches and see what it's going to be like once I get there. I want to know them better. That will show me what type of people they are and if I want to be around them for the next three to four years."
Ole Miss continues to be a school that he is most familiar with due to proximity and the relationship he has build with the Rebel coaches.
"I like them a lot. Their coaching staff has grown on me. I have a good relationship with them. It feels like home. I went over there for a practice Tuesday and went to their Junior Day a couple weeks back. We just talked about what I'll be doing after college and how they can help me be successful after football. Football ends soon."
The Alabama offer meant a lot as well.
"It means a lot. It was crazy. I didn't expect it at all. It just came out of nowhere. They said they liked the way I go get the ball and the speed I bring to the table. Coach Jeremy Pruitt asked me if I played defense and stuff like that. I was supposed to go to their Junior Day, but I had already committed to go to Ole Miss. I'll be going over there soon."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org