As Georgia head coach Kirby Smart tries to build his program to a national championship level, success on the recruiting trail is vital.
Smart and the Bulldogs experienced a taste of that success this past weekend when Mark Webb, four-star wide receiver from Warminster, Pa. (Archbishop Wood), announced his verbal commitment to UGA.
Interestingly enough, the announcement of his commitment was for the public, because Webb came to an official decision much sooner than this past weekend. According to a report from Ryan Bartow of 247Sports, Webb had actually committed to Georgia back in July. He kept it a secret until explaining his commitment to Bartow last Friday.
“First of all the coaches,” Webb said of Georgia. “Second of all it felt like home. Third the experience there and what they are going to do there in the future. It’s going to be unbelievable.”
Webb, who’s ranked as the No. 16 wideout in the 2017 class and the No. 108 player nationally, according to 247Sports, committed to Georgia over 22 other offers.
Alabama, Penn State, North Carolina and Temple were all options mentioned in Bartow’s report, but schools such as Iowa, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin have also offered the four-star.
Without a doubt, he’s a nationally recognized recruit, and that makes him a big pickup for Smart and the Bulldogs.
Georgia obviously did a lot on its own to attract Webb to commit, but there is one big connection he has to the UGA program that can’t go unmentioned when breaking down his commitment. One of the top running backs in the nation, D’Andre Swift, is Webb’s cousin and friend. Swift is the No. 4 running back nationally, according to 247Sports and the No. 46 2017 recruit in America. He’s also committed to Georgia.
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“We started together so it’s like now we are finishing together,” Webb told Bartow regarding Swift. “It’s not so much what people think it is. We both made decisions on our part and who we like. It’s going to be a great fit to come together like this again.”
The 2017 haul projects to be a very good class for Smart and the Bulldogs, and Webb projects to be a big reason why.
Let’s break it down.
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Webb is 6-foot-3, 202 pounds. According to his HUDL account he benches 305 pounds, which is interesting to note because that’s a big weight to throw up for a wide receiver. That’s a tough stat to confirm though, so take it with a grain of salt.
He’s a very smooth receiver who is a highlight machine. He may be ranked as a four-star, but he has five-star potential. Especially if he completes a good senior season, it would not be surprising at all to see him pull in that coveted fifth star.
Webb has excellent burst and quick feet, which help him in all sorts of ways on the field. His footwork is impeccable and he has a quick break out of his stance. He can beat press coverage at the line thanks to his agility and he covers a lot of ground quickly. He can be wide open before the defender even realizes it.
With that said, it’s not just Webb’s get-off that makes him special. He has the straight-line speed to easily beat defenders on vertical routes over the top, but his speed translates into the short or mid-range game as well. Though he’ll make a lot of highlights as an over-the-top receiver, he can make people miss. Webb is elusive, hard to arm-tackle and again, his quick feet make it easy for him to dodge would-be tacklers.
He really sees the ball well when it’s in the air and appears to have good concentration. He has good body control, long arms and big hands that allow him to go up and snatch the football — especially near the boundary. Webb is the type of receiver that you can throw it up to on the fade to the corner of the end zone in the red zone. He’s going to make a lot of tough catches look easy.
He does a nice job of setting up defensive backs with a variety of jukes and fakes, but again, don’t be surprised to see him just take off and make SEC-level defenders look silly over the top once he gets to Georgia.
According to Maxpreps, last season at the varsity level Webb put up 15 receptions for 510 yards and and nine touchdowns. He averaged 34 yards a catch and 85 receptions yards a game.