Virginia Tech has made the secondary a priority in their 2018 recruiting class and have 7 potential DBs committed. With numbers being tight, you would think that the Hokies would not be looking to add another defensive back.
However, that hasn't stopped the Hokies from pursuing talented JUCO CB Jeremy Webb.
Webb is one of the top junior college recruits in the country with Rivals ranking him as a four-star recruit. Jeremy Webb has a short but strong offer list that includes Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Ole Miss, UCF, Iowa State, Temple, and Kent State. Webb told us that he has also received some interest from TCU and Kentucky.
Recently, he told us that Virginia Tech is among the schools standing out for him along with West Virginia, UCF, and Temple. Webb said that Virginia Tech and UCF have been recruiting him the hardest. Webb is hoping to enroll early and did say that it's a possibility for him.
When we asked why the Hokies are standing out, Webb said "their defensive back history is second to none. Playing under Coach (Bud) Foster is an honor itself, and also Coach (Brian) Mitchell." Virginia Tech's reputation as DBU continues to be well-known across the country and is making a difference in their recruitment of Jeremy Webb.
Jeremy Webb is hoping to visit VT for their final home game against Pittsburgh with the rest of his visits set to come in December. Webb told us that he will visit VT in December if he is unable to attend the Hokies' game against Pittsburgh. Webb also told us that UCF, West Virginia, and Temple are the other schools he currently plans to visit.
Right now, Virginia Tech appears to be the favorite for Webb based on what we've been told. Webb told us that Virginia Tech's Brian Mitchell is one of the two coaches he has the best relationship with along with UCF assistant Ryan Held. When we asked Webb on why his relationship with Brian Mitchell stood out, this is what he had to say.
"He's constantly checking up on me, seeing how I'm doing," Jeremy Webb said. "Not only with football, but also off the field too. You can tell he's a genuine guy, and when it's time to work, he's going to get after it and expect you to do the same, 110 percent."
This high praise from Webb is great news for the Hokies, especially with Mitchell being Webb's potential position coach. Webb's strong relationship with Mitchell is one of the reasons why the Hokies are considered the favorites for Webb.
So what will be the main factors in making his decision? His visits and where he can play early.
- On the importance of his visits: "Visits really will be the deciding factor. I want to get a feel for everything and everyone."
- On how important early playing time is: "It's very important. I plan on being able to earn the starting spot right away."
Jeremy Webb has his eyes set on playing early, and the Hokies have a great opportunity for that with Greg Stroman and Brandon Facyson graduating, guaranteeing that at least one starting cornerback spot will be open. Both cornerback spots could end up being open by the time Webb arrives as Adonis Alexander could also leave early for the NFL Draft.
West Virginia has had some success with junior college defensive backs, and is the top challenger to the Hokies on-paper at this point. UCF is having its best season in years, and the Golden Knights are a sleeper that could make some noise as well. However, it's hard not to see the Hokies as the favorites for Webb at this point.
Virginia Tech may have a large defensive back class, but they are still making JUCO CB Jeremy Webb a priority. So far, the Hokies are positioning themselves well to add a cornerback who may be starting in Blacksburg this time next year.
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