Sunshine State DB names leader

Coach Robert Gillespie has worked tirelessly on the recruiting trail this year to position the Gamecocks with several top prospects around the southeast. One such player is Monsignor Pace HS (Miami, FL) standout DB Kayvon Webster, who many consider to be one of the top defensive prospects in South Florida this recruiting year. Read inside as Webster discusses the latest in his recruitment.

The 5'11", 180 pound Webster, who runs a 4.5 second forty yard dash, has already compiled an impressive offer list, with tenders on the table from schools like Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, USF, Vanderbilt, and West Virginia. Webster also believes that Ohio State is close to offering.

What is it about Webster's ability that has attracted so many top football programs to him? According to Webster, he's just a natural playmaker in the secondary that has a knack for making clutch defensive stops.

"I'm a ball-hawk. I've got to get to the ball. When my team is down or in need, you can count on me to be a big time player. I've got to make those plays for my team," said Webster.

While he is admittedly still very early in the recruiting process, Webster said that one team has emerged as the frontrunner for his services at this point.

"South Carolina is standing out. They're going to get my first official (visit)," he said. "I really don't know anything about their campus yet, but me and my recruiter (Robert Gillespie), we have a great relationship. I really like that. He's honest with me. He doesn't sugar coat anything. Basically, he's like a big brother or another parent. He's just real cool."

Webster plans to make an official visit to South Carolina in the fall when USC plays host to defending BCS Champion LSU, and he said he's excited about seeing first hand what the Gamecocks have to offer.

He also likes the opportunity for early playing time that he could find in Columbia.

"When I come up there, they want me to play both (cornerback and safety) and kick return. (Coach Gillespie) has been telling me they're losing two or three players in the secondary after this year. He tells me I'd have a chance to play as a freshman because they're going to put the best in. No matter how old you are, they're going to put the best players in."

When asked which schools are recruiting him the hardest at this point, Webster replied that South Carolina, South Florida, and Auburn are the three schools pursuing him the most. Although the Gamecocks are currently sitting atop his list of favorites, Webster also spoke highly of the Tigers and Bulls.

"Auburn's on me too. They like me at receiver or DB. They're a good school that's beat Florida two years in a row. Their coaching staff is good. They stand a chance. I'm going to take a visit up there this summer to see what it's like," he said. "South Florida is an up-and-rising program. They've only been at it for ten years, but they managed to get to no. 2 in the nation (last season). They're telling me that I'm the missing key for them to be no. 1."

Webster already has a good idea of when he'd like to make a final decision on his college choice, and he knows what factors he'll look for in a school when making his commitment.

"I'm going to make it towards the end of the season, around playoff time. I want to take some officials before I make my final decision," he noted. "They've got to have great coaches. I've got to have chemistry with the coaches. Like the relationship I have with Coach Gillespie, he talks to me and tells me what's real. I like that because I'm looking for a coach that's not going to lie to me. I want to get better (in college), so I want a coach who won't be afraid to tell me how to get better. I want to play early, and academics are important too."

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