Texas taking a look at Webb

The Texas Longhorns are busy evaluating the class of 2011 with 21 commitments in the books in the 2010 class. One of the Houston area prospects drawing the watchful eye of the Texas staff is La Porte's Anthony Webb. Burnt Orange Beat visited LaPorte to talk to the sophomore about his season and his camp plans.

La Porte sophomore Anthony Webb is another one of the young prospects in the Houston area that enjoyed a very productive 2008 campaign. The 5-9.5, 170-pounder battled through a high ankle sprain for half season missing three games but still managed to rush for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 84 carries.

While the numbers aren't eye catching, the fact that Webb missed three full games and played behind junior Kendrick Perkins, who rushed for 1,762 yards and 26 touchdowns, makes his sophomore campaign an impressive one.

"I missed the Dobie, Pearland and Pasadena Memorial games with the ankle injury," Webb said. "I think I did well for it being my first year on varsity and being injured. If it wasn't for my injury, I think I would have had a lot more yards and helped the team more."

When it mattered the most, Webb was healthy as the Bulldogs advanced to the regional finals before being ousted by eventual 5A state champion Katy. In an opening round playoff win over Port Arthur Memorial, the quick footed prospect with legit 4.55 speed, rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. He managed to cross the goal line in playoff wins over Clear Brook and Houston Madison the following weeks as well totaling over 300 all-purpose yards in the three wins playing behind Perkins.

Head coach Jeff LaReau has been on staff at La Porte for 25 years and has seen some immensely talented players come through the program. While it's early to say that Webb has the ability of those before him, his raw ability has impressed.

"I think he has a chance to be very good and we've had some very good players come through here," said LaReau. "He gotten a little bigger, about 170 pounds, and will probably grow a little more. He's a legit 4.5 guy. We're going to play him at corner some this year and he wants to do that."

While Webb is yet to suit up as a junior, one program has already shown interest in the talented 2011 prospect. The Texas Longhorns recently invited Webb to their spring game and he gladly accepted.

"That was my first time to go to Texas. It was nice. I walked around the campus and checked the place out. I talked to Coach Applewhite and Coach Brown. They told me they can't really recruit me until my junior year, but they are interested in me. Coach Brown told me how things are at the university," Webb said, who was accompanied by his mother.

Webb, who enrolled in La Porte I.S.D. in the seventh grade after leaving New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina, said he plans to return to Austin in June for camp. He also has a list of four schools he has always liked if they recruit him.

"I'm going to camp at Texas for sure. And I'm going to a combine in Houston soon. I like Texas, Miami, LSU and USC the most," Webb said.

Webb has football in the bloodlines. His cousin, Chris Horton, played at De La Salle in New Orleans, UCLA and is currently with the Washington Redskins.


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