Complete Scouting Report on Ohio State 4-Star CB Damon Webb
Webb is the No. 6 corner nationally, and he's also the No. 3 recruit from the state of Michigan, both according to the 247Sports composite. Not only is he a major national talent, but Ohio State was able to recruit him from a major University of Michigan pipeline. Six players on Michigan's 2013 roster played high school football at Cass Tech.
You don't have to be a diehard Buckeyes fan to understand just how important his commitment is for Ohio State. The rivalry with Michigan goes deep, and it definitely extends onto the recruiting trail.
So, not only is Webb a major talent, but he represents a huge "steal" of sorts for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
What else is he bringing to the table?
|School:||Cass Technical High School|
|Height/Weight:||5'11'', 180 pounds (247Sports)|
|Rankings:||247Sports, 4-star||247Sports Composite, 4-star||ESPN RecruitingNation, 4-star||Scout, 4-star||Rivals, 4-star|
Via 247Sports.com, ESPNRecruitingNation.com, Scout.com, Rivals.com
Webb is the definition of a cover corner, but he can also be a ball hawk. He's athletic, has great length and elite agility. He can run with vertical routes and does a great job of flipping his hips and staying in the receiver's hip pocket.
Once the ball is in the air, Webb displays good concentration, athleticism and focus. He has long strides, great length and the uncanny ability to poke his hands into passing lanes. He'll break up a ton of plays, but he also has great leaping ability and hands, which allow him to go up and high-point the football:
If Webb gets his hands on the ball, he's liable to take it back to the house. He does play offense as well for Cass Tech, and he does a great job of running after the catch.
He becomes a "next level" player because of his willingness to be physical, though. For as good as Webb is at flipping his hips and sticking with routes, he also has a quick break step and isn't afraid to come down to the line and play tough football.
In the screen grabs below, the offense is running a bubble screen. Notice how Webb is able to keep outside leverage on the blocker and set the edge. He knows that if the receiver can get outside of him, the offense will likely gain big:
He then shows great strength by literally throwing the blocker off him and finishing the play with a good tackle:
Webb has the potential to be a true shutdown cornerback.
You'll be hard-pressed to find many, if any, negatives in a player's highlights, but especially when that player is Webb. The one thing that sticks out is that he only runs a 4.67 40, according to 247Sports, which isn't great for a cornerback.
That said, he has mastered the fundamentals and is great at flipping his hips and staying in a receiver's hip pocket. His athletic abilities will also help him make up for that speed.
In high school, he stands out. In college, he'll have to rely on his fundamentals to stick with quicker wideouts.
Webb will be a shutdown cornerback at best and a reliable member of the secondary at worst. Really, there's no going wrong with a player with his potential.
He'll cut his teeth behind guys like Eli Apple, Cameron Burrows and Gareon Conley, and he'll only get better in time. He should be able to work his way into that rotation. He'll be one of the more reliable names in the 2014 class.
Note: All scouting and analysis done by tape study of film provided on Webb's 247Sports interest list. Screen grabs via video by coachbrock09 on YouTube.
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