Zaire Webb (Webb Family)

Prep coach: Early enrollee Zaire Webb is a versatile defensive back who could shine early at WSU

WASHINGTON STATE on Wednesday morning officially announced cornerback Zaire Webb out of Jacksonville, Fla., has become the Cougs’ sixth early January enrollee from the 2017 class. CF.C talked to Fletcher High head man Kevin Brown, who coached Webb in the high school ranks after the defensive back moved from California to Florida, and found out the 5-10, 165-pound defensive back has a little linebacker in him.

Webb likes to get after the quarterback when called upon.

“He is very good at blitzing,” Brown told CF.C. “He can cover well and he is a very good special teams players. He has a lot to offer.”

Brown played safety in high school, but has the versatility to play multiple positions and is expected to get his first look at corner when the Cougs kick off spring ball. Indeed, Brown believes no matter where Webb lines up on the field, or in what capacity, he's capable of making an early contribution.

“Zaire is strong, fast and a good tackling safety,” Brown said. “He is a student of the game, prepares well for a game.”

Brown has over 20 years of experience with Fletcher, much of that as an assistant coach for the football team while coaching other sports for the Senators. He took over as head coach in May 2016.  Brown saw players like Ciatrick Fason, a five-star commit to Florida back in the day, thrive in the Fletcher community. He's seen defensive playmakers come and go over the years in Florida, and thinks Webb stacks up against the best.

“I have always had smart safeties that understood what offenses were trying to do,” Brown said. “We have had several DBs play college level and he fits that mold. He has a high energy level, which is important to college athletes.”

Webb has made it clear he wants to find the field early in his Cougar career and worked hard to graduate from high school early so he could get the earliest of early head starts at WSU.

“He was very committed to his academics.,” Brown said. “He also invested a lot of time in the summer to improve as an athlete. He had a goal and he achieved the goal.”

Webb was sold on Washington State early in the recruiting process, he committed in August campus unseen. He didn’t take his official visit until December and was on campus a month later.

And according to his prep coach, he has the talent and drive (and 15 spring practices) to help the Cougars in 2017.

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