Penn State landed one of the top players in New Jersey when Timber Creek Regional (Erial) four-star…
Webb Goes In-Depth On PSU Pledge
Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) four-star defensive tackle Greg Webb was thinking about Penn State since he left campus late last month. At the time, he felt a connection to the school, but a strange thing happened. As time passed, the connection grew stronger. And that is when the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Webb knew he found his school. Although he knew it days ago, Webb made the decision today, calling coach Bill O'Brien and pledging to the Nittany Lions. "It feels real good," he said. "I was real comfortable with the coaching staff and familiar with the area and because of (defensive line) coach (Larry) Johnson." In fact, even after a less-than-stellar visit in the fall under the former staff, Webb said after his state championship game in December he would continue to look at Penn State if Johnson was retained. "He's a real good guys and he's always putting good production out at the defensive line position," Webb said. "Every year he puts a couple of guys in the NFL and he develops people real good." Webb doesn't mind where he plays, whether it is the 1-technique, 3-technique or elsewhere along the defensive line. But whatever the position, he welcomes double teams and physical play. "I'll probably play the 3 (or) 1," he said. "I know I can probably be better taking up two blockers instead of one. I like to play defensive tackle all the time and take on two blockers and create better chances for my teammates, and also make plays myself. "I know that is what I have to do. You don't come out pitty-patting and taking the field or you'll get hurt. You have to do what you have to do." While Penn State has often dipped into New Jersey for talent, Webb didn't grow up a Nittany Lions fans, nor does he know much about the school's history in the Garden State. Webb spent the formidable years of his childhood in Georgia, and has also lived in Oklahoma. But when he began playing football in middle school, he heard plenty about the Nittany Lions. And when his family moved to New Jersey a few years ago, he learned much more. Webb also learned things don't always take the course one sets forth. His plan, even a month ago, was to wait until after the season to commit. Instead, Webb made the decision now. "Everything seems unreal now," Webb said. "I never expected to be recruited like this. It wasn't to end it, but it's also a great decision. I put a lot of thought into it. "It means I'm going to be in a great place for the next four or five years and this is a great opportunity to show what I am, and show my skills and be successful." Webb said he didn't discuss it with his parents until today, when he told them he was committing. "They're ecstatic," he said. "It feels good. The pressure is off my chest and not trying to figure out where I'm going to go next four years. I know where I will be." The only thing remaining for Webb was to call the Penn State staff, and he did that after his school day ended. "It felt like it was time," he said. "I called coach O'Brien. He was very ecstatic."
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