RECRUITING ON THE SOUTH PLAINS
Ht: 6'4" | Wt: 195 lbs | Forty: N/A
High School: Prosper (Prosper, TX)
Video: Clip 1
Rivals N/R | Scout
ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 84
Cumulative Ranking: INC
OffersIndiana, Iowa, UTSA, Utah St., Texas Tech
Prosper quarterback Davis Webb committed to Texas Tech last night, announcing via the Twitter. I find Davis' commitment really interesting. Earlier in the year, I detailed quite a few options at quarterback and Webb wasn't even on either list. Webb is the definition of raw and so I think that OC Neal Brown is disregarding the scouting services a bit, i.e. the more highly rated prospects at quarterback and set his sights on Webb.
A handful of Texas Tech's initial offers were to dual-threat quarterbacks in T.J. Barrett, Kenny Hill, Tyrone Swoopes, Cody Thomas and Cord Sandberg. Barrett, Hill, Swoopes and Sandberg are all considered to be dual-threat, so maybe the thought was for Brown was if any of these high-profile dual-threat players picked Texas Tech and that the staff would be ecstatic and adjust the offense accordingly. That didn't happen, and apparently, the staff was somewhat cool on Thomas due to the fact that Thomas was going to play baseball and football, which would mean that Thomas might miss spring practices if he does play baseball at OU, which is problematic if your quarterback is not at spring practice.
A couple of other interesting things about Webb's offers, which is that Indiana and Iowa offered, which isn't that big of a deal in itself, except for the fact that former UT offensive coordinatoris the offensive coordinator at Iowa and former OU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson is the head coach at Indiana. Say what you will about Davis, but he did a pretty good job of coaching quarterbacks while at UT and Wilson did a pretty good job of identifying passers while at OU.
Last year, Webb played at Keller, Fossil Ridge, and put up pretty good numbers, but Davis didn't light the world on fire, but you have a terrific frame with Webb and in moving to Prosper, he's immediately probably upgraded in terms of talent of his receivers with Torii Hunter, Jr. and Darius Hunter (assuming Darius' legal troubles are behind him) and you can almost guarantee that if Webb is as good as Brown thinks, he'll put up some fantastic numbers.
ESPN wrote that Webb threw for 2,199 yards and 23 touchdowns, but the usually reliable site MaxPreps has Webb throwing for 1,949 yards, completing 53% of his passes, throwing 22 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Again, let's watch this year and see if Webb's statistics improve at Prosper, which I think they will.
The Player Speaks
Nothing just yet, but will update as information becomes available.
UPDATE 1: DMN's Mike Graham has quotes from Webb on playing for Texas Tech:
"The coaches there are unbelievable," Webb told RedRaiderSports.com. "Coach (Sonny) Cumbie, Coach Brown, have been heavily recruiting me since my sophomore year. I have a great relationship with them. They're great coaches. They coach their players very hard and I'm looking forward to playing with them very soon."
And Webb also talks a bit about what type of quarterback and athlete he is:
"I'm a drop back, pocket passer," Webb told RedRaiderSports.com. "I can rollout and give the ball to the guys that can run. But if you ask me to run it, I can run it. I run a 4.7, 4.6 (40-yard time) and I like to throw it to the guys downfield. We'll win a lot of games at Tech, I think, and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to learn from them and develop into the best quarterback I can be."
UPDATE 2: LAJ's Don Williams also spoke with Webb who said that his father is the receivers coach is at Prosper, which is why he transferred and also talked about the coaches who recruited him and that he expects to graduate early:
“They’ve been with me the longest and have been most loyal to me,” he said. “Texas Tech’s education is great. The location is very good for my parents to go to every game. The coaches — coach (Neal) Brown and coach (Sonny) Cumbie — are great recruiters, great people, great men. Tech’s a great school to go to, the football program is very nice and the facilities are unbelievable as well.”
Webb said he is an A student with scores of 1,100 on the SAT and 23 on the ACT. He plans to graduate high school at mid-term and enroll at Tech in January.
“Me and coach Brown talked about it,” Webb said, “and we thought it was best for me and the university to get there and help the team. Whatever helps the team out, I’ll do it. I’ve got all my applications filled out today, and I can’t wait to be in Lubbock, so I’m very excited about that opportunity.”
Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer essentially runs the ESPN Elite 11 series, which is where he travels to various locales and elite quarterbacks are in some sort of competition. Yesterday after Davis committed, Dilfer tweeted this:
Congrats to @Davis_Webb7 on committing to Texas Tech!Red Raiders just got a good one. My first impression on tape was Tom Brady at 17— Trent Dilfer (@TDESPN) May 29, 2012
Well, that's not a difficult expectation to meet. That's pretty high praise from Dilfer and I can see that after watching Webb's film.
More after the jump.
You can find Webb's highlight videos at Hudl (linked above) and ESPN has a nice highlight reel on their video page. Webb is a tall, lanky kid that throws a pretty good ball, but you can see where he has the frame to be better than a two-star player. Again, this is about looking past what Webb is now and what he hopes to become. In watching his film, I see a guy that has good athleticism. He can scramble if necessary and think that he's actually a pretty good athlete overall. Webb maintains good form, even under duress and defensive pressure, keeping the ball high, near his ear, which is a difficult habit to keep. I like his arm strength, but this is the part of his game that he probably needs the most work. That's expected. Webb has nice touch on his passes to the flat, another trait that is difficult to teach. Webb throws off his back foot a couple of times in the ESPN video, but you would be hard pressed to find a high school or college quarterback that won't do that every once in a while.
Davis, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!
The 2013 Class
I think we'll be able to take a look at the cumulative rankings after the summer evaluation period and we'll know a bit more about some of these players. I did remove Jordan Sterns from the commitment list, although I haven't see a free story on it, I think it's well known that Sterns very much likes Texas Tech, but thought it would be disingenuous to be "committed" to Texas Tech, but still take visits to other schools. Bravo to Jordan for taking the correct approach to recruiting.
|QB||Davis Webb||6-4/195||Prosper (Prosper, TX)||INC|
|WR||Devin Lauderdale||5-11/170||Bellaire (Houston, TX)||INC|
|WR||Dylan Cantrell||6-3/202||Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX)||INC|
|OG||Baylen Brown||6-4/295||O'Connor (Helotes, TX)||INC|
|CB||Tavares Garner||6-0/170||Manvel (Manvel, TX)||INC|
|CB||Will Barrow||5-10/160||Skyline (Dallas, TX)||INC|
|DB||Stormy Butler||6-1/195||College of Sequoias (Visalia, CA)||INC|
|DB||Darren Dotson||6-1/195||College of Sequoias (Visalia, CA)||INC|