Texas Tech got rebuffed this spring by some of its top quarterback targets in recruiting. But when the Red Raiders landed Davis Webb on Tuesday, he came with an endorsement from a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Webb started at Class 5A Keller last season, throwing for nearly 2,700 yards with 26 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Webb will spend his senior season at Class 3A Prosper, where his father, Matt Webb, took a job coaching receivers.
Webb, who said he is 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, committed to Tech on Tuesday. Shortly after, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer tweeted: “Red Raiders just got a good one. My first impression on tape was Tom Brady at 17.”
Dilfer was the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV championship team. He now helps at the Elite 11 quarterback camps, which are regional and national get-togethers for top senior prospects. That’s how Webb is acquainted with Dilfer, and Webb said the two have communicated by text message and phone through the recruiting process.
“He’s watched all my game films, asked for practice films and watched me at camp, obviously,” Webb said. “He’s a very nice man and gave me a great compliment the other day. It’s very exciting to hear that he thinks of me like that.”
Earlier this spring, Tech was in on a few quarterbacks who committed elsewhere: Wichita Falls Rider’s J.T. Barrett picked Ohio State, Southlake Carroll’s Kenny Hill opted for Texas A&M and Colleyville Heritage’s Cody Thomas chose Oklahoma.
Webb said he has scholarship offers from Indiana, Iowa, North Texas, Tulsa, Texas-San Antonio and Utah State. But when the Red Raiders gave him an offer on Thursday, Webb’s decision wasn’t that difficult.
“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.”
Tech has eight oral commitments for the class of 2013. Cibolo Steele safety prospect Jordan Sterns, who was pledged to Tech for a little more than two months, switched his commitment Wednesday to Oklahoma State. Sterns announced it on his Twitter account.
TEXAS TECH COMMITMENTS
Davis Webb, 6-5, 200, QB, Prosper; Dylan Cantrell, WR, Whitehouse; Devin Lauderdale, 5-10, 170, WR, Bellaire; Baylen Brown, 6-5, 295, OG, San Antonio O’Connor; Stormy Butler, 5-11, 188, S, College of the Sequoias (Calif.)/Coral Springs, Fla., Charter HS; Will Barrow, 5-9, 165, CB, Dallas Skyline; Darren Doston, 6-0, 190, CB, College of the Sequoias (Calif.)/Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze HS; Tavares Garner, 6-0, 170, CB, Manvel.
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