2014 CB Damon Webb Explains Ohio State Commitment
By Michael Chung
Ohio State made two significant inroads on two very significant pipelines over the weekend. On Friday, Jan. 11, the Cleveland-Glenville pipeline continued to flow into Columbus when 2013 LB/DB Chris Worley became recruit No. 22 for the Buckeyes in the 2013 class.
On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Cass Tech pipeline to Michigan was greatly disrupted by Kerry Coombs and Urban Meyer, who secured an unexpected commitment of top 2014 CB Damon Webb.
How disruptive was Webb’s commitment? The Ozone’s Tony Gerdeman writes, “There are currently five Cass Tech alums on Michigan's roster, and they have signed a total of seven players from the school in the last five recruiting classes.
At present, they also have three Cass Tech players committed for the 2013 class as well. If they sign all three, that would give Michigan 10 signees from Cass Tech in the last six recruiting classes. For comparison's sake, Ohio State's own "pipeline" of Cleveland Glenville has sent eight players to Columbus in that same time frame. Assuming the Wolverines' 2013 commits all sign letters of intent to Michigan, 28% of their in-state signees since 2008 will have come from Cass Tech.”
Webb is rated as a 4 star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247 Sports. Scout.com has him rated as the No. 7 corner in the 2014 class and the 33rd best player overall. He is considered to be one of, if not the top player in the state of Michigan for next year.
He also could be one of the top players to come of Cass Tech since Ohio State reached up and snagged Vernon Gholston a few years back. Damon took some time to talk to The Ozone and gave us an inside look into his early decision.
Ozone: You surprised all of us with such a quick commitment, what caused you to give your verbal this weekend?
Webb: I felt this was the right school for me, the academics, coaching staff, wining program, all were factors in my commitment.
Ozone: Where you planning on committing before you came down or did it just hit you when you were there at OSU?
Webb: I had thoughts in my head about committing but I was not sure, when I arrived at Ohio State, everything felt right.
Ozone: How were you received today in school? How many people tried to flip you to Michigan today?
Webb: My teammates were cool and even the ones going Michigan congratulated me. No one tried to flip me.
Ozone: What did David Dawson and other Michigan commits say to you after you committed?
Webb: They were teasing me about the rivalry, but not trying to flip me.
Ozone: How much pressure do you think people will put on you to flip given you are at Cass Tech, a UM pipeline, and you are so close proximity wise to the University of Michigan?
Webb: I do not know but I will not let it get to me. I am solid to Ohio State and do not plan on visits to any other school.
Ozone: Has Brady Hoke or any other UM coach tried to contact you?
Webb: No, and I am not sure if they will. If they do, I will tell them OSU is a better fit for me; nothing against their program; they are also a great program, but OSU is a better fit.
Ozone: Will you take other visits?
Webb: I will not take other visits because Ohio State is where I want to go.
Ozone Quick Hitters with Damon Webb
Who was your favorite athlete growing up? Deion Sanders
What are your hobbies? Hanging out friends, playing video games.
How do you relax? Coming home, watching TV and kicking my feet back.
Would you describe yourself as an introvert or extrovert? Probably introvert.
If you could have coffee or a coke with anyone living, who would it be? Deion Sanders, he is one of the greatest athletes of all time and a shut down corner. I want to be a shut down corner to, but I can play both sides of the field.
College major? Not sure
Best subject in school? Math
Fav food? Chicken, baked or fried.
*Thank you Damon for taking time to talk to the Ozone. We really look forward to following your Ohio State career as well as your senior season at Cass Tech.