Defensive back is a high priority for Virginia Tech in the Class of 2018 with VT having commits from three three-star recruits in safeties Chamarri Conner and Nasir Peoples, and cornerback Braxton Clark. However, the Hokies are looking to add at least 2-3 more defensive backs with three-star CB DJ Crossen set to announce Friday and VT being the favorite to gain his commitment.
Virginia Tech also has their eyes on a JUCO cornerback with the Hokies quickly building a strong relationship with him.
JUCO CB Jeremy Webb out of ASA College was offered by the Hokies on May 25th, joining West Virginia, UCF, Iowa State, and Kent State; and it hasn’t taken long for the Hokies, and CBs coach Brian Mitchell in particular, to build a strong relationship that is huge to Webb.
Here’s what Webb had to say when asked if any schools are standing out to him.
“Every school that gives me an opportunity stands out to me to be honest, coming from knowing what it’s like not to have any offers my previous years, but talking to Coach Mitchell, about football and life in general and how real and genuine he is, just building a relationship with him especially being my position coach is definitely huge to me.”
It’s clear that Mitchell and Webb have quickly built a great relationship that will definitely be valuable with Mitchell leading the charge in his recruitment. When asked what coach he has the best relationship, his praise of his relationship with Mitchell continued.
“I have a pretty good relationship with most of the guys who are recruiting me to be honest, talking just about every other day, but I’d say me and Coach (Brian) Mitchell hit it off pretty good.”
Mitchell clearly has Webb fairly high on his board with VT making him a priority and the Hokies already building a strong relationship with him.
Webb told us that VT, WVU, and UCF are recruiting him the hardest currently with TCU also showing a fair amount of interest. Mitchell has looked to the JUCO ranks some in the past for defensive backs at past stops including WVU while the Mountaineers have had a good amount of success with JUCO players.
Webb is an intriguing talent with great length for a cornerback at 6’3” while having decent speed and being fairly athletic. Two things that definitely shows in Webb’s highlight tape is his physicality and aggressiveness as Webb is unafraid of contact and making it a physical game while being aggressive in moving WRs out-of-the-way in run defense situations.
Webb also looks fairly solid as a cornerback showing off some good coverage skills in getting good positioning on outside routes, doing fairly well at keeping his eyes on the backfield and playing the ball, and having a solid back pedal that you hope for an older cornerback to have. Webb definitely looks like someone who could play immediately at CB while also being a great special teams player that will undoubtedly get time on punt block and kickoff coverage wherever he goes.
Right now, this has the makings of being a VT-WVU recruiting battle though UCF did receive a visit this past weekend and definitely is a sleeper at this point.
For now, the Hokies are building a strong foundation for their recruitment of Jeremey Webb that will definitely prove valuable as long as VT has Webb as a priority on their DB board.