Zaire Webb made it quite clear when asked if he had any leaders with his recruitment. He holds offers from Washington State, North Carolina, Central Michigan, Tulane, Texas-San Antonio and Mercer… And it’s the Cougs on top.
“They’re definitely my No. 1 choice right now,” Webb told CF.C. “I’ve always been a fan of Pac-12 ball and they play against teams that throw the ball a lot. WSU plays a lot of man-to-man, but they also drop into their zone coverage. You can attack the ball and force fumbles. There are times to take risks in their defense.”
WSU offered the 5-10, 170-pounder in late March, with inside linebackers coach Ken Wilson contacting him to put the scholarship on the table.
“I was very excited because it was my first offer,” Webb said. “Other schools have followed since, but when you get that first one, you’re at a loss for words. Honestly, I felt like I performed better than some of the kids I’ve played against who are D-I. It was a great feeling knowing WSU wanted me."
Webb added that Wilson is doing a strong job of recruiting him.
“He’s the main guy I’ve been speaking with,” he said. “We’re talking just about every day. He’ll send me updates on the school and let me know how things are going with spring practices. He’ll send me photos of the stadium and uniforms too. It’s great.”
The standout defensive back is originally from Murietta, Calif., but moved to Florida eight months ago. His father is in the Navy and the Webb family was relocated.
Growing up in California, though, Webb, now a junior at Duncan High, said he’s definitely eyeing a return to the West Coast for his college football days.
“WSU being out West kind of topped everything off for me,” Webb said. “Any offer would have been great as my first, but it’s been a dream of mine to play in the Pac-12. Ever since I was younger, I’d watch USC, UCLA and Washington State.”
With such high interest in the Cougs, is a visit to Pullman in the works?
“I’ve actually spoken to Coach Wilson about that,” Webb said. “I’m trying to get up there this summer. I’m going back to California to visit family and friends, so we’re trying to set something up for me to go see the school and meet all of the coaches.”
Scholarship Floridians on WSU's roster: QB Peyton Bender, RB Keith Harrington, WR Kyrin Priester, WR Isaiah Johnson, WR Tavares Martin, LB Paris Taylor.