Monday, March 18, 2013
No Webb of mystery, Damon is all OSU
By Brad Bournival
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) was expecting it. In fact, the ESPN Watch List cornerback was looking forward to it.
When the junior committed to Ohio State on Jan. 13, Webb knew what was awaiting him at home after choosing the Buckeyes even though his school is known as a feeder program for Michigan. Six athletes in the last four recruiting classes play football for the Wolverines with many more preceding them.
“It’s been a crazy experience,” Webb said Saturday at the New Level Athletics 7 on 7 Midwest Regional. “I’ve been getting a lot of love from the Ohio State fan base, but I’ve been getting a lot of hate from the other schools. It’s what I expected. I knew coming from Michigan, they’d feel like they got one over on Michigan. They feel like it’s a win.”
That he committed after watching the Buckeyes men’s basketball team knock off the Wolverines at Value City Arena was irony in itself.
While he hears a ton about Michigan from his teammates -- Jourdan Lewis, David Dawson and Delano Hill all inked with the Wolverines in February -- Webb isn’t being swayed by them either.
They all know what an incredible undertaking recruiting is and are generally content with the fact the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Webb found his fit so early in the game. And if they aren’t, he simply points to the fact the Buckeyes are 10-2 in the last 12 seasons against Michigan.
“Those guys try to get in my head a bit, but at the same time they let me play out my recruitment,” he said. “I told them I’m signing with Ohio State, and they’re happy for me. It’s going to be fun knowing I played with those guys in high school and now I’ll be playing against them in college. It’ll be a good experience. [If they start talking] I just show them the stats. We won the last game. It’s all in fun.”
As far as picking the Buckeyes over offers from Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Toledo, West Virginia and Wisconsin, that was a no-brainer.
While he lives 50 minutes from the Michigan campus, he’s never seen himself as a Wolverine or as a student of any other university for that matter.
“Ohio State means a lot,” Webb said. “Growing up, it was one of my dream schools. Knowing, I get to go down there and get an education is real big to me.”
For those looking at the next 10 and half months as an opportunity to try to flip the junior, they can stop the dream now according to Webb. He has shut down his recruiting and is all Ohio State.
In fact, Webb is already going after some big Watch List individuals in his quest to make the 2014 an even better class.
“It’s going well,” Webb said. “I’ve been talking to Drake Harris and Jamarco Jones and the other commits. With Drake, I’m trying to get him down there for a visit to see what Ohio State is like. I’ve been talking to Jones and asking him when the next time he’s coming down.”