Webb Feeling at Home in New Jersey

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. -- Rochester (N.J.) Gates-Chili offensive lineman Jacquis Webb spent a weekend in New Jersey to support friends and teammates in a Pylon 7v7 event. Webb sits two months away from his Rutgers enrollment, and discussed the latest with ScarletReport.com.

Rochester (N.Y.) Gates-Chili senior Jacquis Webb did not even make it all the way south to New Brunswick, N.J., but immediately felt at home when his bus crossed into the Garden State.

Webb, who will enroll at Rutgers this June, accompanied teammates and friends to a Pylon 7v7 event in New Jersey last week. He hoped to visit Rutgers, but time did not permit, and aims to see the campus again soon.

"I'm experiencing that home feeling," Webb said. "I'm going to be down here for the next four or five years so it feels like home now."

The Rochester 7v7 group that visited helped Webb make his commitment in 2013. He traveled with the team to a Rutgers practice as a high school junior, and made a pledge in coach Kyle Flood's office at the end of the visit.

"I thought about that when I got to New Jersey," Webb said. "It's been like a year to the day since I committed. I've changed a lot. My whole mindset is different. Every day is about mental preparation for college. I can't wait to get down here. My whole mindset has changed now that it's close."

Webb met with long snapper Alan Lucy at a nearby hotel during a visit. He spent plenty of time on the phone with fellow Rochester native Quentin Gause as well.

Webb said he is now close with incoming lineman Zack Heeman, and plans to reach out to Tariq Cole to meet him as well.

"Zack, that's my boy," Webb said. "I'm already talking to him a lot. I met a couple of guys at the hotel like Alan Lucy, and they're all just like me. We're all a part of the family."

Rutgers has two Rochester players on the roster in Gause and red-shirt freshman running back Devan Carter.

Gause finished his sophomore year strongly enough to earn a starting role this spring. He is now out with an injury, but projects to take over for Jamal Merrell as a starter. Carter is one of a few running backs full go this spring, and led the roster in touches in the first scrimmage.

"I'm extremely proud of those two," Webb said. "They've helped me out so much. On my official they gave me so much information and Quentin has been recruiting me forever. He's been a mentor to me throughout this whole thing. It's going to be an honor to play on a team with him. Hopefully I'll be able to give something back to his family in the future for all they've done for me."

Newly hired offensive line coach Mitch Browning impressed Webb during a January official visit, and the two remain in touch as enrollment edges closer.

"He's an unbelievable coach," Webb said. "I feel like I've known him for 20 years. I met him already and like him a lot. He welcomed me. He's an approachable coach. I like that. I'm very excited to get to learn from him."


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