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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Webb decides to become a Buckeye as OSU begins invasion into state recruiting ground

By: Scott Burnstein, January 17, 2013, 10:00 am

Ohio State staged a major recruiting coup in Metro Detroit this week, snatching one of the area’s most-coveted prep football prospects and bringing him back across the border.

Detroit Cass Tech’s Damon Webb committed to become a Buckeye on Sunday, taking an elite talent off the board from the state’s Class of 2014 gridiron flock.

A 5-foot-11, 185-pound speedy and dynamic dual-threat as a wide receiver-defensive back, Webb helped lead Cass Tech to a second straight state championship in the fall.

He chose Ohio State over top-tier Division I college programs such as Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, LSU, UCLA and West Virginia, among others.

This past season, Ohio State finished 12-0, but wasn’t eligible to play for a national title due to NCAA sanctions imposed from the previous Jim Tressel regime.

Webb is considered a four-star recruit by a majority of national recruiting services. Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer only carried two players from the state of Michigan on his roster last season: Defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins (Detroit Southeastern) and offensive lineman Reid Fragel (Grosse Pointe South).

The 2012 campaign was Webb’s first with pigskin-factory Cass Tech, transferring in from the Catholic League and University of Detroit-Jesuit last spring.

The back-to-back state champion Technicians sport nearly two dozen Division I prospects on their 2012 roster, a feat no program in the MHSAA has ever achieved before. Cass Tech will be a favorite to raise a third state title banner in a row when the 2013 season opens up in August.

Webb’s commitment kicked off a three-day frenzy of activity on the local recruiting scene. Besides Webb, four other local prep standouts committed to Division I schools.

Battle Creek Harper Creek offensive lineman Josh Bass committed to Western Michigan, Flint Beecher wide receiver Eric Cooper committed to Central Michigan, Chelsea tight end Nate Bossorry committed to Air Force and Farmington safety Isaiah Gourdine, committed to Bowling Green after recently de-committing from Cincinnati.