Lanier senior Phillip Webb, a current four-star college football prospect according to Rivals.com, said he has no plans to rush his commitment this year.
Webb, a 6-foot-4 outside linebacker for the Longhorns, currently has 47 scholarship offers, according to Rivals. That includes offers from some of the country’s most prolific programs including Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State and many more.
With attention on his recruitment and interest from so many programs growing every season since his sophomore year, it’s perhaps understandable to imagine why Webb wants to make sure he finds the right fit for him.
“It’s kind of hard because they all offer great opportunities,” Webb said. “All of their facilities are top notch, so it’s kind of hard to differentiate between them. The main things I look for are my relationship with the coaches, if I get a good feeling for the campus and also how I would fit into their [defensive] system.”
For the large number of blue-blood programs in pursuit, it’s easy to see why they want Webb to join their team.
First, he has the reputation of Lanier’s defense to bolster the accomplishments he’s already made during his time for the Longhorns. Two of Webb’s friends on the team over the past few years include Derrick and Kameron Brown, a talented pair of brothers who played defense for the Longhorns before moving on to Auburn.
Webb himself has also made huge on-field improvements since becoming a starter two years ago. The senior finished his sophomore season with 31 tackles and three sacks before making a huge jump in his junior year with 81 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
Now, even though he knows he still has a huge decision to make, Webb said he also wants to focus on the fact that this will be his last year at Lanier.
“It’s my senior year,” Webb said. “I’m trying to enjoy this too at the same time. I took a lot of visits over the summer and during the spring to make my decision, but I just wasn’t ready yet.”
Wherever Webb decides to commit his football future to, one thing is for sure: He will be ready for the competition and ready to improve.
“I want to work on being a better vocal leader this year before I graduate,” Webb said. “It’s exciting. Every Friday is a test and I love being able to go out there and compete.”