June 2, 2013

Webb wins MVP award

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Turning in impressive performances in camp settings is nothing new for Damon Webb. So when the Ohio State commit walked away from Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp with the cornerback MVP award, he was less than surprised.

"I just came out here and competed and did what I know best," Webb said. "I've been camping since seventh and eighth grade, so I just came out here and competed."

The Detroit, Mich. native has made quite the name for himself on this spring's camp circuit, which will take him to Chicago, Ill. next weekend for the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour. Webb, who committed to play for the Buckeyes this past January, might not have much to prove as he's already solidified himself as one the class of 2014's top cornerbacks, but that hasn't stopped him from making the most of his recent opportunities.

"Just getting better and going up against the best competition," the four-star prospect said, when asked what drives him to still compete in the spring camps.

The camp circuit has also afforded Webb the opportunity to go to work for his future head coach, Urban Meyer. The Cass Tech high school product has been very active in trying to recruit some of the nation's other top prospects to Ohio State, and his message to them has been very clear.

"I'm recruiting Derek Kief, Raekwon McMillan, I talk to Jamarco Jones sometimes," Webb said. "I just tell them, 'If you want to win championships, come to Ohio State. That's basically it. Our main goal is to win national championships and if that's what you want to do, then come here. They all love it."

As for Webb's own commitment to play for the Buckeyes, his word is as solid as they come. Despite being in rival Michigan's backyard, Webb remains intent on being one of the faces of the Buckeyes' 2014 class, even help setting up a website (2014Bucks.com) for fellow and future OSU commits.

Reflecting on his decision to commit to the Buckeyes, Webb said that the biggest factor in his decision was his relationship with the OSU coaches.

"I just felt comfortable with Ohio State, the coaches, the whole Ohio State mentality, winning championships and it's just the place for me," he said. "I feel like it's the best place for me."

Between winning his latest MVP award and doing so at his future home, this weekend couldn't have been much more exciting for the 5-foot-11, 177-pound Webb. The country's sixth-ranked receiver spent Friday touring the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with future teammate Lonnie Johnson, which only built his anticipation for his days as a Buckeye.

"It went real well. I got to come down and see my future home and talk to the coaches and come out here and compete," Webb said. "It feels great. I just can't wait to come here to Ohio State next year. So this just feels great."


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