The Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian standout, who will most likely play running back in college, has since narrowed his choices to three schools: Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Webb plans to make his pledge in August.
A recent visit to Ohio State went really well and when asked what stood out about the Buckeyes, Webb said “everything.”
The 2023 standout went to Georgia as well and he really appreciated that the coaching staff made him feel at home and that he would also be welcome there even after the de-commitment.
And then there was Oklahoma two weekends ago. Webb had a phenomenal trip there, met Adrian Peterson and many other former Sooners that now play in the NFL and it left a massive impression. He called the trip “different.”
In today’s Making the Case, analysts and publishers from the Rivals network take a closer look at where one of the most sought-after 2023 prospects in the country will land.
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“This one all starts with Tony Alford. Ohio State’s running backs coach has been forging a strong relationship with Webb, who has referred to him as a ‘father figure.’ The program has also done an excellent job of recruiting in Jacksonville in recent years. In fact, current Buckeyes RB Marcus Crowley attended the school Webb currently attends, and the two spent a lot of time together during his multiday visit earlier this month.
“Also, Webb even stated that OSU was his leader following that trip. Webb’s relationship with Alford, the Duval County-to-Columbus connection, and the way he would be utilized in Columbus has, among other things, led me to believe Ohio State will land him.” – Joseph Hastings, BuckeyeGrove.com
“Coming into last weekend Oklahoma felt, at best, like a second option behind the perceived leader of Ohio State. However, in talking to Webb following his trip for the ChampU BBQ I began to believe the Sooners had a legitimate chance.
“In talking to some people in recent days there was real confidence that Oklahoma had a chance to grab one of their few running back offers, thanks to his experience in Norman and budding relationship with a number of key Oklahoma recruits. No matter how anyone feels now though, this feels like one that will go down to the wire.” – Josh McCuistion, SoonerScoop.com
“Webb has had a relationship with Georgia tight ends coach Todd Hartley since Hartley’s time at Miami. The two have known each other dating back to eighth grade for Webb. Running backs coach Dell McGee and head coach Kirby Smart have also built strong relationships with Webb and that “home feel” got stirred up during Webb’s recent visit to Athens.
“However, even with the Bulldogs helping themselves mightily on Webb’s June 15 visit, it seems at this point Ohio State has made Webb feel like more of a priority and his style of play on offense fits better with the Buckeyes.
“However, Webb tells me he is now contemplating playing defense in college. Both Georgia and Ohio State seem open to that possibility. I’ll give the edge to the Buckeyes.
“Also, Webb is very close with 2023 wide receiver Brandon Inniss. Both were very impressed by the Sooner ChampU BBQ. It would not be shocking to see Oklahoma make a strong play for both.” – Blayne Gilmer, UGASports.com
“This is a tough call because it felt like Ohio State had the distinct advantage in Webb’s recruitment only a couple weeks ago, but after the 2023 recruit visited Oklahoma all bets were off and this will end up being a battle between the Buckeyes and the Sooners until he announces in August.
“After talking to a lot of people around this recruitment, the feeling I get is that Webb probably won’t end up back at Georgia and that Oklahoma feels guardedly optimistic and Ohio State is not quite certain where it stands right now.
“My gut feeling is that the ChampU BBQ at Oklahoma changed everything for Webb and that the Sooners are now the frontrunner in his recruitment. Could Ohio State get back in and land him? Sure. But I think Oklahoma is now the team to beat. – Adam Gorney, Rivals National Recruiting Director