When asked for one word to describe junior defensive tackle Greg Webb (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek), Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson said tenacious.
When asked what his strength as a player is, Webb said it's his tenacity. It shows on the football field, but it started on the mat.Tom Hauck for ESPN.com
Defensive tackle Greg Webb has ties to Oklahoma.
Webb, 6-foot-2 and 290 pounds, is one of the top 2013 prospects in New Jersey in both football and wrestling and was recently offered by Oklahoma for football. Webb said football comes first, but he’s used a lot of what he’s learned in wrestling in football.
“Wrestling is all about discipline and technique,” Webb said. “You have to stay low to win a match. So in football, I’m low coming off the ball and have the leverage.”
His football skills also translate in wrestling because most heavyweight wrestlers aren’t as athletic as he is. Webb doesn’t want to give up wrestling just yet because it’s also been a great way to stay in shape and has helped with his conditioning.
Webb already has been offered by Iowa, Michigan State, Penn State and Syracuse, among others, but Oklahoma has a recruiting advantage none of those places have.
Growing up in a military family, Webb used to live near Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. He was there from 2000 to 2003 and said he loved his time there.
“I had a good time there. I used to go into Oklahoma City a lot and see things,” Webb said. “I wouldn’t mind going back.”
And perhaps he’ll be back because his teammate will be at OU. Linebacker Quanzell Lambert recently took an official visit to OU, and the Sooners are one of the favorites for the 2012 prospect.
Though it would mean a lot if Lambert was at OU, that won’t end up being the deciding factor for Webb. And Webb won’t make his decision anytime soon. His focus right now is on finishing his junior season as Timber Creek has reached the second round of the state playoffs.
“Greg is one of the more explosive kids I’ve ever coached,” Hinson said. “He’s got real big quads and gets off the ball real well. We have some real special kids on defense here.”
Webb said Rutgers, Maryland and North Carolina State are some of the other schools he’s interested in. He never got a chance to attend a Sooners game when living in Lawton, but he hopes to get a chance to see the campus after this season.