One of the Sunshine State's football powers figures
to have a bright disposition if
Dee Webb continues along his
current recruiting path.
"A lot of people are still calling and sending me
stuff, but I'm telling them there's probably no way I'm going to leave the
state," said the five-star cornerback and member of the
Rivals100 team. "Right now,
Florida and Miami are neck and neck, battling at the top. FSU is right there
next, but just a little bit behind."
Has that dissuaded some programs from calling the
"A lot of them have backed off," he said. "Really
the only ones who are still trying to hang with me are North Carolina,
Tennessee, Arkansas and Purdue. But I've told them the only way I'd leave
the state is if something happened academically. I should be OK, but foreign
language could be something that causes me to keep the door open. The
Florida schools require two years of it. So far, I'm doing OK, though. I was
just kind of worried about it at first."
Webb hasn't made any visits for games this season,
but has a few lined up.
"(Thursday) night, I'll be in Tallahassee for the
Clemson game," he said. "I'm pretty hyped for that one because I've got two
former teammates on both teams going at it. I want to see how Florida State
comes back from that Louisville game, too."
He also plans to be at The Swamp on Saturday for
Florida's game against LSU. He's scheduled to make a return to Gainesville
on Oct. 19 for the Auburn game.
"The only other one I know right now is Miami for
the Virginia Tech game (Dec. 7)," Webb said.
On the field, Webb has been pleased with his
performance this season, except for one minor thing:
"Nobody will throw at me or run to my side," he
said. "They've been completely staying away from me. But coach has put me at
rover here lately so they can't do that as much. We run a '44' scheme, so
that has me a lot more involved. I love it."
As a junior, he picked off 10 passes, taking four of
them the distance. Through four games this season, Webb has 12 solo tackles,
an interception return for a touchdown, a fumble return for a touchdown and
one sack for Ed White High School (3-1).
"I liked the sack," he said. "That was one of the
nice things about playing rover. It's kind of like outside linebacker, so I
get to rush the quarterback more than I ever have before."
Webb said playing rover may also help him at the
college level. Although he could project as a top cover-corner, both Florida
and Miami have expressed an interest in playing him at free safety.
"After talking to them, I feel like I may have a
good chance to step in and start right away at Florida. And with Miami,
they've got one guy backing up the safeties now, and he's a freshman, so I'd
have an opportunity to play a lot right away there as well," he said.