There's a battle brewing in the Sunshine State over Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed
White defensive back Dee Webb.
The blue-chip recruit has interest from schools all over the nation, but more
importantly, offers from the state's big three; Florida, Florida State and Miami.
"Dee is a phenomenal skill guy with a defensive mentality. He has all
the the skill and athleticism found in explosive wide receivers and running
backs with the mentality of a safety," said Ed White head coach Daniel
Disch. "We've been fortunate to have a lot of high caliber players come
through Ed White so Dee knows how to work and what is expected of him to get
to the next level."
"I'd say his best attribute is his competitive," added Disch. "He
doesn't want to lose at anything and has been our most explosive kid for the
past couple years."
During his career at Ed White, Webb has played numerous positions. As a sophomore,
he tallied over 700 yards rushing playing running back and started at corner.
Offensively, he was switched to wide receiver during the beginning of his junior
campaign before returning to running back.
"We made a mistake moving him out wide. He's a great receiver, but we
needed to have his hands on the ball more. So, we moved him back to running
back," commented Disch.
During the 2001 season Webb rushed for 821 yards, eight touchdowns with 40
receptions and 10 touchdowns. Defensively he recorded 10 interceptions and returned
four for touchdowns. He received first team all-conference and second team all-state
Coach Disch says he will play Webb at quarterback, as well as, cornerback or
safety in 2002.
Track season has made it difficult for Webb to attend junior days, but he does
plan to attend at least the Florida camp during the summer and was in attendance
for the Gators spring game.
"My trip was very nice. The game was intense, which is what I like ...
It's nice to see them play that way in the spring," said Webb. "I
got to talk to the coaches about their style of play and what they are looking
for in recruits."
Webb has offers from several other schools including LSU and West Virginia,
but believes it will come down to what he calls "the big three in Florida."
"I can't say who has has an edge right now, but I grew up a Miami fan."
He's anxious for spring football and 7-on-7 to start, while looking to improve
upon the team's success in 2002.
"My big goal next season is to help my team to state. If I do that, all
my individual goals will fall into place."
Webb also runs the 100m, 200m and 400m in track where he has ran 10.6, 21.8
and 48.9 respectively this season.