On Jan. 13, 2013, Damon Webb (Detroit, MI/Cass Tech) made the decision to pick Ohio State over scholarship opportunities at programs such as Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, Wisconsin and others. Just over a year later, the four-star cornerback finally gets to live out his dreams after officially becoming a member of the Buckeye football team when he faxed in his National Letter of Intent to Urban Meyer and staff this morning.
A US Army All-American, the Buckeyes are getting one of the toughest cornerbacks in the entire class of 2014. At 6'0 tall, Webb uses great footwork and technique to get in the best position, even against taller wide receivers. Growing up playing wideout and even playing some in high school, Webb truly knows what it takes to stop a receiver. A true shutdown corner, Webb excels in both man and zone coverage. He has a great back pedal off the snap and uses his hips well to get in the right position to knock a pass away or pull down an interception.
Not afraid to come up and hit you in the mouth, Webb does a good job at keeping receivers more towards the sidelines instead of running open in the middle of the field. Blessed with great athletic ability and vision, Damon doesn't just use this in coverage but also on special teams, where he has been known to set up his squad with great field position or even better, by scoring touchdowns in the return game.
Our Christopher Jason took a look at Webb's tape, and had this to say about one of the top defensive backs:
Webb is as complete of a cornerback coming out of high school as there is in the country. He is the total package; the size, the athleticism, the skill set and the attitude to succeed at Ohio State. Coverage wise he is very physical and excels in press-man. In a 7-7 tournament, Webb was lined up against future SEC Freshman of the Year Laquon Treadwell and Webb made him a non-factor. Treadwell could not shake Webb off the line or get separation downfield.
Webb is physical within the first five yards then sticks to his receiver like glue. He has very fluid hips, which allow him to mirror the receiver and break on the ball quickly. When the ball is in the air he reads the receiver's eyes and either fights through the hands for the deflection or gets his head around to high-point the ball for the interception. In run support, Webb sets the edge very well and loves contact for a cornerback. When it's all said and done, I would be surprised if Webb is not one of the best shutdown corners in school history.
Don't take my word for it, check out these highlights of Webb for yourself: