Damon Webb is considered one of the top prospects in the Midwest for 2014. He secured his spot in Ohio State’s recruiting class for 2014 when he verbaled on Jan. 13. And he already has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio in January.
Damon Webb with cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs and head coach Urban Meyer at Friday Night Lights
In short, Webb has nothing to prove.
But there he was on Friday night, one of the few OSU verbals who got out on the field and competed at the Friday Night Lights camp inside Ohio Stadium. (Other verbals who worked out included WR Lonnie Johnson, OL Kyle Trout and OL Marcelys Jones.)
Webb, from Detroit Cass Tech, competed at cornerback and his battles with 2015 athlete prospect Eric Glover-Williams of Canton McKinley were something to see. For more on Glover-Williams’ perspective of the camp, click here.
Webb and Glover-Williams routinely lined up against each other. Glover-Williams caught a touchdown against Webb, but Webb came back and intercepted a pass intended for EGW. Throughout it all, the two competitors jawed back and forth and put on a show for the estimated 3,000 fans in attendance. You can catch some of this great competition in our FNL video linked here.
The 5-10, 190-pound Webb is rated as the nation’s No. 80 prospect overall by 247Sports.com as well as the No. 9 cornerback nationally and No. 3 prospect overall in Michigan. (His 247Composite ranking of all national sites has him as the nation’s No. 44 prospect.)
He verbaled to the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, LSU, West Virginia, Michigan and most of the rest of the Big Ten. As a junior at Cass Tech, he had 42 tackles, seven interceptions, 10 pass break-ups and four forced fumbles.
We caught up with Webb after the camp for this Q&A session:
Q. You have been here to the Horseshoe a lot of times before. What was it like to be playing down on that field? Did you feel the excitement?
Webb was among top performers at FNL
Damon Webb: “Yeah, there was a whole bunch of excitement. It was a humbling experience to be inside the Horseshoe, knowing that so many great players have come to Ohio State. It was a great experience.”
Q. Eric Glover-Williams said that going against you made him better. He thinks he made you better, too. How do you think it made you better and made him better?
Webb: “It definitely made me better, knowing I went up against one of the top receivers in the country next year coming up. Going back to Detroit, I know I have gone up against top competition so I should dominate the competition there.”
Q. You won most of the reps against him. What are your thoughts on him as a receiver and as a player?
Webb: “He’s going to be a great receiver. He’s quick and runs nice routes. He can catch the ball. I would definitely like to see him as a Buckeye.”
Q. Did you talk to him at all about coming down and playing at Ohio State?
Webb: “Yeah, my dad talked to his parents.”
Q. How would you grade your performance at the camp?
Webb had seven interceptions for Cass Tech last year as a junior
Webb: “I’d give it a B-minus or a B. I gave up a couple of passes. I had some problems off the line and moving my feet a couple of times.”
Q. Is the goal to shut everybody out when you play them?
Webb: “Oh, yes sir.”
Q. How about (cornerbacks coach Kerry) Coombs? Was he encouraging you or giving you coaching tips?
Webb: “He was giving me coaching tips. When he came to Sound Mind Sound Body, he didn’t get a chance to coach me because we had to go to Alabama. I made it an objective to come here and get coached by Coach Coombs.”
Q. A lot of the verbal commitments were here and did not work out. What was your motivation to come and work out?
Webb: “Just to get coached by Coach Coombs and see how he coached and get a feel for him.”
Q. Was there anything you learned tonight you can take with you back to Cass Tech?
Webb: “Yeah, the drills we were doing. I can go back home and work on those. Plus, there were some man coverage tips he gave me. He had to get after me sometimes in the drills when I messed up to go back and do it again.”
Q. Did you talk to (Georgia LB) Raekwon McMillan at all here?
Webb: “Yeah, I talk to him all the time. I just feel like he brought his whole family up here for the visit. I know he is serious about Ohio State. I just want to build my friendship with him. I didn’t really have my recruiting hat on. I was just talking to him.”
Q. Did you get a chance to see wide receiver Braxton Berrios? He came away with an offer after the camp.
Webb: “I did have a chance to see him. I also saw him at The Opening. He is a very good player and would be a good addition to the class.”
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