“Defense wins championships”— one of the oldest adages in football remains true to this day. As football’s defensive greats age, and their play diminishes, new talent is needed to fill the ranks. Currently, one of the strongest defensive contenders in the race to the NFL is Phillip Webb. Webb, an outside linebacker (OLB) from the Lanier High School graduating class of 2020, is a force to be reckoned with. As the fourth ranked in the nation at OLB, Webb has received offers from over 45 colleges. His top choices include prestigious universities, such as Oklahoma, Florida, Florida State, LSU, and Texas A&M. Webb’s athletic prowess is not his only strength: he sports a 3.8 GPA and aims to study biology. Despite the numerous opportunities in front of him, Webb has remained humble and recognizes that “the secret to success is hard work and determination.”
Webb gives everything he’s got in his relentless pursuit of the quarterback, and he has the stats to show for it; after last season’s playoff run, he finished the year with 86 tackles and 11 sacks. With a pass rushing ability comparable to a young Von Miller, Webb’s “first step on pass rush is the most distinctive thing in his game.” Like Miller, Webb’s impact on the field is powerful. In a single game, he managed to make 13 tackles, 2 sacks, and forced a fumble. Quarterbacks tend to remember getting hit by this 225 lb. beast. Webb’s versatility as an OLB also allows him to drop back into zone coverage and play in space when he’s needed. His coverage ability is bolstered by his long 6’4” frame and explosive athleticism — his quick hands and aggressive play earned him 7 pass break ups last season. Running backs must also be wary when Webb is on the field. Last season, he managed to make 20 tackles for loss and forced 4 fumbles. The stats alone don’t do Webb’s tackling power justice. In the weight room, he is about to join the 1000-pound club, with a combined 970 lb. bench, clean, and squat. When Webb connects with his target, onlookers are forced to wonder if they are going get up again. Phillip Webb clearly has all the skills he needs to make a great outside defender.
Although football is Webb’s main focus, he also has other hobbies. Like many others his age, he enjoys watching Adam Sandler movies, listening to Drake, and playing 2K. Webb doesn’t allow these pastimes to distract him from what’s important, though. He is dedicated to football, doing his best to get recruited and go to the school of his dreams. Webb uses the Press Sports app to post highlight videos for coaches to see because “Press Sports provides a platform for athletes to showcase their talent.” Webb sets himself apart from other blue chips his age through relentless effort on the field. No matter the stakes, whether it’s a practice scrimmage, or the championship game, Webb “finishes every play until the whistle is blown.” With enormous growth potential and an incredible amount of raw talent, fans will likely see Phillip Webb making big hits for many years to come. To watch him grow as an athlete and see his highlight tape follow him on Press Sports @phillip.webb and twitter @_phillipwebb_.
Article by Press Sports intern Adam Davault