OT Webb Gives Texas His Verbal

North Mesquite junior OT J'Marcus Webb, considered one of the nation's top OL prospects, verbally committed to Texas, his head coach Steve Bragg said Wednesday.

In fact, J'Marcus Webb gave Longhorn coach Mack Brown his pledge Tuesday night on the heels of a weekend trip to Austin. He is the fourth OL to commit to Texas this spring and 12th overall.

One of the country's most highly recruited players (at any position), Webb had received offers from every program in the Big 12, the SEC and from nearly all Big 10 schools, according to his head coach. Webb was leaning toward Texas A&M and Texas Tech, and considering an offer from Oklahoma, before visiting the Forty Acres. By Tuesday, he had narrowed his choice to one school.

Bragg characterizes Webb in terms of his innate ability.

"There's a lot you can't teach with certain guys," Bragg admitted. "How can you teach a kid to be 6-7? He has a lot of God-given ability."

Webb is just a quarter-inch shy of standing 6-8 and weighs 271 pounds, Bragg said. This was the first year that the junior gave up basketball to participate in the off-season strength-and-conditioning gridiron program, Bragg said. One result is that Webb has added 30 pounds of muscle since August.

"He's growing into his body," Bragg continued. "He's got a Size 21 shoe. He's beginning to fill out. He'll probably play at 300 (pounds) when he gets to college and he'll look great doing it."

Webb's verbal continues a recruiting pipeline into North Mesquite, as former Stallions include current Longhorn starters MLB Aaron Harris and RCB Tarell Brown. At this juncture, Webb may not be as polished as Harris was because "he's still developing as a player. But there's massive upside to J'Marcus. He's very athletic and he runs well. He runs a 5.1 in the 40."

As with nearly any youngster at this level, "he must get stronger to be able to play as a Big 12 type guy, but he knows that."

Webb has evolved as a polished pass protector in North Mesquite's spread offense, Bragg noted.

"He has good feet and is a quick kid," Bragg said. "He has a good work ethic. The sky is the limit for J'Marcus."

Off the field, Bragg describes Webb as "a personable kid", a "yes sir, no sir" kind of guy who is initially soft spoken around strangers but "light hearted and good natured" among his peer group on the team.

"He has a good sense of humor and is very much liked," Bragg added.

Texas is expected to ink up to 25 athletes on National Signing Day next February.

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