When Brooklyn Erasmus Hall athlete Jahquel Webb arrived on the Rutgers campus Tuesday morning, all it took was a look at a former teammate to see the changes coming.
Webb comes from the same program as sophomore Rutgers linebacker Deonte Roberts, who is up more than 30 pounds from high school and a top contender to start for Chris Ash this season.
“Deonte just told me that Rutgers is a good school and he’s doing good there,” Webb said about his visit. “He’s liking it a lot actually. He’s saying hopefully he might have me there with him. It’s very exciting.”
Rutgers showed Webb and two teams – defensive tackle Selwin Wilkes and wide receiver Sean Ryan – its internal football facilities and a tour of the campus during a morning unofficial visit.
The day included meetings with head coach Chris Ash, and wide receivers coach Jafar Williams.
“I think it was good to get closer to them and to the coaching staff just to see how they vibe and how I would fit,” Webb said. “I think coach Ash is very good. He’s making a lot of improvements at Rutgers, he’s turning everything around. He’s not focused on what happened last year, just the future.”
Rutgers projects Webb as a slotback, he said.
“I think it would be my speed and my work ethic [that stands out],” Webb said. “I have determination. I’m very focused when it comes to football.”
Boston College and Temple are also involved with Webb, he said, but he has no formal visit plans this spring. He hopes to return to Rutgers for a spring practice.
“The most important thing with me is having a college education when picking a school,” said Webb, who wants to study business. “The education depends on how my future will go from there.”