For Georgia, the rich keep getting richer as they land one of the nation’s top wide receivers.
Mark Webb Jr., a four-star out of the Philadelphia area, gave his pledge to Georgia on Friday. He announced his decision via a Facebook Live stream with ESPN prior to the showdown in which his Archbishop Wood (Pa.) team takes on St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.) that is lead by Webb’s cousin and Georgia running back commit D’Andre Swift.
Once Swift committed to Georgia just two weeks ago, it seemed as if it would be a package deal to add both of the offensive talents, as Georgia had both of them as a top priority.
Mark Webb Sr., the father of the highly-pursued wideout, said in my interview with The Telegraph and macon.com that some things stood out about Georgia to his son when they visited the university.
“In regards to Georgia, he loves the atmosphere of the college itself, the academics, the relationship with the coaching staff and the program’s history as one of the top collegiate contenders,” Mark Sr. said. “Georgia also presented some appeal when they have spoken to Mark, particularly about early playing time and the quarterback prestige. They’ve told him that he can be one of, if not the top receiver there and that helps. For quarterbacks, Georgia has the top-ranked guys coming in from 2016 to 2018, so that’ll be big.”
The elder Webb also said that his son plans to take his five official visits as time permits, in an effort to see all of the contending universities in their entirety. In addition to Georgia, the younger Webb had Alabama, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Temple in his list of final six schools.
The younger Webb elaborated on his decision during the live stream, discussing his love for the program.
“When I went up there with D’Andre, it was love at first sight,” Mark Jr. said. “It was like home, and the coaches treated me right, before I even had an offer.”
Georgia seems to have landed a productive player, as the younger Webb is ranked as the 19th best receiver nationally, and the fifth overall prospect in Pennsylvania for the Class of 2017, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He also displayed ability to produce at the collegiate level, tallying 559 yards and 10 touchdowns in his 2015 season and is off to a fast start in his senior campaign.
Webb Jr. serves as the 16th player to give his pledge to Georgia for the Class of 2017, and the third wide receiver. He joins four-star Trey Blount and three-star Matt Landers in the group of offensive pass catchers.
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