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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Latest OSU commit is complete package

By Brad Bournival

On a high school team with nine athletes already committed to Division I programs, he stood out. Detroit Cass Tech has won back-to-back state championships in Michigan and has some of the best athletes in the nation, including Michigan commit and No. 1 guard David Dawson.

What Damon Webb -- the second addition to Ohio State’s recruiting class of 2014 -- has already done will have fans counting down the seconds until he signs his letter of intent and steps on campus.

A year from now, he has a chance be the highest-rated athlete in Ohio State's class, regardless of the remaining players that Urban Meyer recruits in the next 12 months. Eli Apple, also a cornerback, has that spot in the 2013 class.

Webb, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound ESPN Watch List junior, is a shutdown cornerback. With fluid hips to go along with a tenacious attitude, Webb plays cornerback like he’s a wide receiver. In fact, it was thought by many that his next step in college would be at wide receiver.

What makes Webb so good is the fact he’s physical on the line and uses his size in bump-and-run coverage, but is also smart enough to know where the receiver is going to make up for any lost ground if he gets beaten off the line. He’s versatile in stopping the run as well.

Touted as one of the best in the various camps he visited over the summer. He has run a 4.35-second 40-yard dash.

Add that to the fact he’ll join an ESPN 150 secondary from the class of 2013 that includes Apple, Gareon Conley, Cam Burrows and ESPN 300 safety Jayme Thompson and Webb could be part of an extraordinary group of defensive backs.