On a South Carolina recruiting class that ranked No. 15 in the 2017 cycle according to 247Sports.com, Madison (Ga.) Morgan County defensive end M.J. Webb leads the way along the defensive line. Ranked as a four-star prospect, Webb picked up offers from across the country, which includes schools like Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan and Ohio State, typical for the country’s No. 8 defensive end.
With so many schools hot in pursuit, Webb cut his recruitment short in September by committing to a South Carolina team under the leadership of first-year head coach Will Muschamp. Many recruits are encouraged to commit to a school as opposed to a coaching staff, and that is exactly what Webb did with his decision.
“The University of South Carolina was a place I could see myself going if football wasn’t in the picture,” Webb told Today’s U. “I talk to the defensive line coach and they did a pretty good job recruiting me. Once they got up there I fell in love with the place and the coaching staff.”
Although he frequently lines up at defensive end, Webb is a versatile prospect due to his size and speed at 6-foot-3, 271-pounds, so it is more than likely he moves to the inside at the next level– not that it matters for the Georgia recruit.
“Coach Muschamp, he said he will use me in that three-technique or that five-technique, so I will play inside or out,” Webb said. “Wherever I play, I will do what’s best for the team. It’s just helping out the team wherever we need help at. Whether it’s defensive end, defensive tackle, whatever coach needs me to do I will be that guy to step in and take on that role.”
As far as his position in the Gamecocks’ top-15 class, Webb is already familiar with a couple prospects that are slated to join him in Columbia next fall.
“I talk to Zay Brown, who lives in Athens,” he said. “I talk to him a good bit and Jamyest [Williams], so I’m just reaching out to other players, talking to them. Then we just talk about trying to bring this class closer and just be a close class.”
During his senior campaign, Webb has racked up 56 tackles, 12 of which came for a loss, and seven sacks to boot. When plunging into the backfield, he tends to eat up ballcarriers and few runners can break his tackles.
“I would say I’m doing good, but it can get better,” he said. “I work on that day-by-day in practice. Work on our passing lanes and getting to the quarterback.”
With these goals shaping his training, Webb is building a complete game that is effective against both the run or on clear-cut passing downs.
“I love getting to the quarterback on pass rush, but I can also play the run pretty good.” he said. “Once I get on the field, everything is business. i don’t even talk to my teammates and I, like, I don’t talk.”
Webb lets his game do the talking for him, and right now it is speaking highly for his future at Williams-Brice Stadium in South Carolina.