The job that Pitt’s done developing running backs is something that’s received a lot of attention over the last couple of seasons and rightly so.
But another position that should be mentioned in the same breath is defensive back. Avonte Maddox (Philadelphia Eagles), Jordan Whitehead (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Ryan Lewis (Buffalo Bills) and Lafayette Pitts (Buffalo Bills) are all currently on NFL rosters and when you look at Damar Hamlin, Dane Jackson and Jason Pinnock, they too have the look of potential NFL players.
The Pitt coaches are always looking to restock the secondary and to look for new players to develop into future NFL’ers. One 2020 cornerback that’s on their radar is Antonio Webb Jr.
Webb Jr. (5’10”, 170) is a 3-star recruit from Life Christian Academy in Colonial Heights, Virginian. He’s someone that the staff targeted early as they offered last month.
“As far as my strengths, I’d definitely say that I’m aggressive in everything I do,” said Webb. “I also have good speed, I run a 4.4, I’m also able to jam the receivers at the line of scrimmage and also the fact that I can guard tall receivers but also move into the slot and cover the quick receivers as well.”
Back in June, Webb made a verbal commitment to his hometown school, Virginia and remained committed to them up until receiving the offer from Pitt. That’s when he decided to re-open his recruitment.
“At the time of committing, I was just happy to get the offer and also felt a bit of pressure to give a commitment so I did. Now, I’m just taking things day by day and step by step. I want to take all of my visits, talk to a lot of coaches and see what happens.”
Being from Virginia, how much pressure was he receiving from various people to stay home and commit to the hometown school?
“Oh yeah, all the time,” said Webb. “Everywhere I go, people say to me, Are you still staying home.”
As far as Pitt goes, is there something that stands out to him about the program?
“Oh yeah, the way that they produce defensive backs,” said Webb. “Avonte Maddox is a starting cornerback for the Eagles now and he played for them. I liked the way that he went to the league, balled out and still remained humble. I look up to him a lot. We’re about the same size, same speed.”
Webb tells me that right now, he’s hearing most from Pitt, Virginia, Rutgers, Michigan State, Temple, Syracuse, Florida Atlantic and Colorado State. As far as an upcoming visit, Webb would like to make a visit to Pitt sometime between March and May.