Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Georgia offers speedy CB Webster
By Radi Nabulsi
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Cornerback Kendarius Webster (Stockbridge, Ga./Stockbridge) is one of the fastest prospects in Georgia. He recently competed in the state high school state track championships in the 100-meter dash and the 4x100 meter relay. It was that speed -- plus the fact that he can tackle, cover and catch -- that led to a phone call from Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
“Coach Richt called Coach [Kevin] Whitley and he told me I had an offer from UGA to become a Bulldog,” Webster said. “Richt told me he evaluated my film and fell in love when he saw it and that he wanted to be the first to tell me that I had an offer from UGA.”
Apparently Georgia was in a race and they coaching staff did not even know.
“It means a lot because I was hoping Alabama would offer first but Georgia came with the offer first so Georgia will be one of my top, top five schools right now,” Webster said. “I am hearing from Alabama, but Georgia came first.”
Webster wanted the Alabama offer because he was raised in Alabama and said, “that pretty much stuck with me.” A native of Selma, Ala., Webster moved to the Peach State when he was in the fifth grade. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete asked how he would feel if Alabama were to offer at a future date.
“I would still be interested, but I feel like they were sleeping on me,” Webster said.
When it was pointed out that other schools offered before Georgia, Webster acknowledged as much.
“Georgia was sleeping, too, but they woke up,” Webster said with a laugh. “I am in Stockbridge and you don’t hear about too many athletes coming out of Stockbridge, so it is really hard to find us in the trenches.”
Still, Webster includes the Crimson Tide in his top five schools at the moment.
“Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Clemson,” Webster said. “Clemson is a speedy team. It is like the south Oregon, pretty much. Ole Miss is bringing in players and trying to win. They are trying to be one of the top teams in the nation this year. I plan on taking a few trips over the summer but I haven’t got them all settled down yet.”
The offer from Georgia was to play cornerback. Some schools like Webster for dual roles.
“Vanderbilt, Missouri and Arkansas offered me as an athlete -- to play both sides of the ball,” Webster said.
He believes Florida and Florida State could be the next two schools to offer.
“I am interested in them, too, but I don’t know much about them,” Webster said.