West Virginia defense could get better this season. The unit is starting to come together and could get stronger by the middle of the Big 12 Conference slate.
However, things could go terribly wrong and the defense may be worse next week against TCU than it was last week against Kansas.
It’s way too early to look forward to next year, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about how this often struggling unit can improve. If junior college prospect Jeremy Webb joins the Mountaineers, there is a good chance the defense will improve instantly.
Jeremy Webb is a cornerback from Florida who now plays for ASA Brooklyn College. According to WVsports.com, he was recently awarded four-star status. The website also says Webb has West Virginia in his top teams along with Virginia Tech, Ole Miss and Central Florida. WVsports.com interviewed Webb recently and the cornerback prospect seems confident in his abilities. He has the potential to not only make it with a Division I program but thrive in a competitive setting.
“I feel like they’re strong defensive back schools,” Webb told WVSports.com, referring to West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss. Central Florida seems to be in the running because Orlando is his hometown, he told WVSports.com.
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It’s nice that Webb feels that way about West Virginia’s current standing. The Mountaineers have recently produced strong defensive backs in Rasul Douglas and Darryl Worley, who are now playing in the NFL. Webb has definitely taken notice of that. He wants to play professionally and if he comes to West Virginia, he has a good shot at making it.
More importantly, he can improve the WVU secondary right away. Webb is 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, so he is a good fit at his cornerback position. According to Scout.com, he is being recruited by WVU assistant Mark Scott. West Virginia defensive coordinator Tony Gibson probably has his hands in this recruitment, too, because Gibson is a great speaker who can convince kids that West Virginia is their proper home. Gibson would also love to have a player of Webb’s caliber on his club.
Scout.com also lists Webb’s interest in WVU as ‘warm’ compared to the ‘cool’ rating of his other top schools. West Virginia has had a recent history of being a haven for junior college talent, so that may also affect Webb’s decision. Webb can fight for early playing time in 2018, too, because three of West Virginia’s more experienced cornerbacks are seniors.
Mike Daniels Jr., Elijah Battle and Corey Winfield are playing their last season with the Mountaineers. All three are transfers to West Virginia with Daniels and Battle coming from junior colleges, like Webb would be doing as well.
There is still plenty of time in 2017 for the secondary to save some games for West Virginia. But it is also easy to look ahead and anticipate this unit getting better with Jeremy Webb playing for WVU.