11W Community Interview: Damon Webb

By Jeremy Birmingham on May 26, 2013 at 6:00p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

It was a surprise – without question it was a surprise when Detroit Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb committed to Ohio State in January – but should it have been? This week we let you, the 11W readers ask the 5-foot-11, 185-pound human blanket that question and a number of others in the second in our series of community interviews. Does he prefer pizza or tacos? You're fixing to find out!

I won't waste your time on this holiday weekend with my musings, let's get to the reason why you're all here, Damon "Dame" Webb.

How tough was it/has it been to commit to OSU so early in the process given where you are from and the history with Michigan? - Jedkat

DW: I just wanted to set my own path. It wasn’t really that tough committing to OSU being from Michigan because I always liked OSU even before I was offered. I remember a time in middle school when I had to wear my favorite team's shirt. I only wanted to wear Ohio State. It was hard finding a shirt in Michigan but my mom found one for me. 

Which 2014 prospects have you been recruiting the hardest since committing to the Buckeyes? - Sin City Buckeye

DW: Right now I am recruiting Derek Kief, Raekwon McMillan, and Jamarco Jones. I really like those guys and I think they will be a great addition to our class. I would love to get Malik McDowell; hopefully I will get him to come on a visit with me soon. I’m not recruiting just because that’s what commits do now, these are athletes I would genuinely like to play on the next level with.  The other 2014 Buckeye commits are recruiting hard so I think we will end up with a great class.

What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? What would you say is something you feel you need to work on/improve? - LLJJGG

Webb is the best cornerback in the midwest.The midwest's best CB chose Ohio State early

DW: I’m a competitor and I love a challenge. I want to compete against the best even if I get beat. If the best WR is out there, I will step up because that’s how I will get better and know what I need to work on. I think the strongest aspect of my game is the ability to play man-to-man coverage but I need to work on my off-man technique.

Who is your all-time favorite Buckeye defensive back? - Hovenaut

DW: My all-time favorite Buckeye defensive back is Malcolm Jenkins. I watch his OSU highlights all the time. Of course, my current favorite Buckeye is Bradley Roby; this will be a great year for him and can't wait to see it.

Are you actively recruiting your teammates weber and campbell? If so, how is that going - PCUZZ1

DW: Yes! I talk to Mike Weber, Jayru Campbell and Josh Alabi about OSU but I’m not on their heads too tough, because I want their recruiting process to work itself out. They like what they have seen so far at Ohio State, though.

I'm a Buckeye who was raised in Michigan, do you think more kids from Michigan will be open to visiting and/or committing to Ohio State? - Chinooker97

DW: Most definitely, Ohio State is a top program! Coach Meyer and the staff have set the bar high; to win not only Big Ten championships but national championships.  Ohio State ranks as one of the best colleges academically, the athletic facilities are top notch and many former students make Columbus their home. We will see more kids from Michigan at Ohio State.

Its fairly well documented you are from that state up north. And that cass tech is known to be a very fertile recruiting ground for that school up north. What about ohio state was the deciding factor in you becoming a part of this class? - LuckyNutz

DW: It was Raising Cane’s. I’m kidding.. maybe not! (Laughs) The deciding factor in my decision was my relationship with Coach Coombs and my family being  able to come see me play. Coach Coombs gives it too you straight; you have to put in the work and nothing will be given to you.  If I do that, I think I will have opportunity to play early, win national championships, and most importantly get a quality education. My parents were a major deciding factor too, they had to be comfortable with the choice I made. What got my parents on board was talking to different people at Ohio State. They spoke with one of the professors in the field I plan to study, the Athletic Director, the vice president of Student Life and the President. My dad has a fraternity brother who’s an academic counselor at OSU. It’s the family feeling you get at Ohio State. Another factor was the athletic facilities, especially the weight room. I am looking forward to getting on Coach Marotti's program...I think.

What are you planning on studying when you get to Ohio State? What is Damon Webb like outside of football - any out of the ordinary interests? - Basso Profondo

DW: I’m interested in the sport industries major with a concentration in business. Outside of football I’m just a laid-back kid I like to hang out with my friends and listen to music. I don’t really have an 'out of the ordinary' interest, but I guess going shopping with my mom might be one.

It sounds like you have wonderful parents... How have they supported and assisted you with your decision? - BuckGuyFan1


DW: I would not be where I am without my parents support. My dad coached me in little league and I value his opinion. My mom is always there for me and when it came down to making my decision, my mom was the last one on board. This was not a decision we took lightly and my parents played a major role.

Everyone seems to think that it was down to Ohio State and TTUN, but who else were you considering, and was TTUN your second for your services, or was another team there? - ChicagoBuckeye

DW: I could have seen myself playing for all the teams that offered me. My final top three choices were Ohio State, Michigan State, and LSU, though.

Tacos or pizza? You can only pick one. - Denny

DW: I love pizza. I especially love Jets BBQ chicken pizza.

Buckeye fans are the best and I love it. I can't wait to be a student at Ohio State, and to play my first game in 'The Shoe.' This summer I will definitely be recruiting and having fun. I plan to visit Columbus a few times and I am looking forward to Friday Night Lights. This fall I will be playing my senior year of football and competing for another state championship. I will also attend a few home games this fall, especially the night games against Wisconsin and Penn State. I know it will be amazing to see the Buckeyes under the lights, and I'd like to visit when all the commits can attend. Hopefully we can make that happen!

Thank you all and I look forward to being a Buckeye. Follow us on Twitter @2014bucks and visit 2014bucks.com.


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tdible2132's picture

Love Damon Webb!  He's a class act and having him makes Jabrill Peppers going to UM a non issue. 

lljjgg's picture

Seems like an awesome person, has a really good head on his shoulders! He'll be fantastic at OSU, no doubt about it!

SilverBulletNYC's picture

Love the graphic! Great write up. 

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pcuzz1's picture

Great dude! His passion for the bucks is awesome. I cant wait to see him take the field in S$G

pat cozzens

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

I am looking forward to getting on Coach Marotti's program...I think.

This was great. lol

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Poison nuts's picture

Haha - That one stuck out to me too..

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Joe4's picture

I couldn't be more impressed!

GV9's picture

What a great addition to the Buckeye family!  Can't wait to see him play.  Also loving his enthusiasm on the recruiting trail, helping to bring in more great young men and athletes to the class.  Welcome Aboard Damon!  

Basso Profondo's picture

Seems like a cool dude.  Cannot wait to get him down here in old Columbus town. 

buckguyfan1's picture

Some guy once said you win with people...  We will win with young men like this one!  Go Bucks!

chinooker97's picture

Very impressed after reading this interview, I love having a quality kid coming to the program and actively recruiting other kids.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Dame!

"Because we couldn't go for three."

buckz4evr's picture

So glad he will be part of this class!  I also loved the remark about Mariotti

AngryWoody's picture

Wow what a great kid. I'm really impressed and glad he's a Buckeye.

Our Honor Defend!

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Canes chicken played a large role in my decision as well.  I wasn't on scholarship though. 


brandonbauer87's picture

I wish I would have based my college choice on Canes. 

SoCalBuck26's picture

Lol.  Living in Cali, the closest Canes is in Vegas.  Some of my friends that are alumni of colleges that do have a Canes, plan our Vegas trips for Canes.  Vegas is just extra fun, the main reason we go is Canes haha.  Heaven forbid there was a BD's lol.
Great kid,  can't wait for him to put on that uniform!

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

I hate Michigan. 


CowCat's picture

This kid is intelligent, eloquent, polite, humble, thoughtful and hard working ...
... and he's what? 16?
I was pouting about my acne at that age, not taking on this sort of responsibility.
Great addition to the Buckeye family!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

DannyBeane's picture

When I was 16 I was trying to figure out the best way to watch scrambled porn. How life changes.

GoBlueBlood's picture

Damon Webb is a great kid. As much as I hate it, he's an awesome get for OSU in this class. 

BeijingBucks's picture

lol Marotti and Coombs.  fearsome combo!!  Not to mention Urban.  And Roby going as the top CB this year (?) top ten in the draft or so.  Great way to get on the radar of all future DBs

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

Hovenaut's picture

Love it.

You're going to do great things here, Mr. Webb.

Welcome to The Ohio State University.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article!  Glad to know some more about Damon.  It sounds like he's going to be a really good one.  Got a good head on his shoulders.  I think he will be a fan favorite for sure. 
Here is the reaction below when the UofM fans found out he was coming to be a Buckeye!  Think there is a little bit of worry and fear there? 

Best of luck your senior year Damon, can't wait to see you in Columbus! 
Go Buckeyes!!!

avail31678's picture

This guy is very well-spoken, and even has a bit of a sense of humor.  I really love that he's a Buckeye!
And I really love that hit top 3 didn't even include scUM...

luckynutz's picture

Just have to say I am loving this feature. Gives the fans a chance to communicate with recruits on a more personal, non creepy level. Look forward to the next one.

And as far as the young man damon webb, sounds like a solid kid all around. Well spoken, family oreiented and doesn't expect to be handed anything when he steps on the field in columbus. That's the best part of this interview to me, the part about coombs being a straight shooter. Let's you know our staff is doing things the right way. No promises, no free passes. You come here to compete, work hard and earn your keep. Sounds like damon webb is ready to do just that. Excellent interview!

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

What an incredibly centered young man!!!  I love everything he had to say and am looking forward to seeing him in Buckeye gear!!!

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Poison nuts's picture

This interview was a very cool thing to do - kid seems to really have it together! Hoping there will be more of these.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckeyeguy0615's picture

Would love to see him get Malik McDowell here

FROMTHE18's picture

sounds like a great kid, very impressive on and off the field and a great family...solid addition to our family.

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

Sounds like a great kid. Welcome. 


2002osubuck's picture

So glad Damon's a buckeye welcome to the family. He's risen even more in my view after reading this. Great player but more importantly great person. Mich fans know we got the best player in the state, not to mention cass tech, that's why they're making such a big deal about peppers ie. next woodson?lol. Like Damon said there will be more guys coming from up north  to OSU. When they go 9-4 and we win by 17 there wont be anymore excuses, hoke isn't even on the same planet as urban. Damon said it "playing not only for bigten chapionships but NCs" hes a winner and wants that to continue. Go bucks!

MN Buckeye's picture

Not only does Damon sound like a great kid, he has a great family that raised him with great values.  He is blessed to have that kind of support around him, and he shows the class of the whole family.

osubuckeye4life's picture

It seems more and more like this kid might end up being my favorite of the class. However, Meechey is right there as well. 
Very impressive interview and this kid has the perfect last name. He'll cast a web over his side of the field. Opposing receivers will helplessly fly into his clutches and be rendered useless. He will watch his 'prey' waiting for the opportune time to 'strike' by running back a pick 6. 
Welcome to The Ohio State University Mr. Webb!