There is going to be a very heavy Ohio State flavor in San Antonio (Texas) the first week in January as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl will take place with more than a handful of Ohio State commits as well as a few key recruiting targets. On Tuesday, the latest Buckeye commit made things official when Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech cornerback Damon Webb received his Army All-American jersey in a ceremony at his school.
"I want to thank the administration, all my coaches - Coach Wilcher, Coach Crowell - and my teammates," said Webb. "With you, I wouldn't be the player I am today. I'm most thankful for my brother, my sister, my mom and dad. Thank you for all the sacrifices you've made. I love you all and I thank you all."
Cass Tech has sent several players to the Army Bowl over the years and Webb is just honored to be able to say he's next in that long and impressive line.
"I was real honored, you know? Just knowing about that the tradition at Cass Tech and all the great players before me that played in this game," he said. "It just feels like a blessing. It feels real good knowing that my name is mentioned up there with those types of guys. I just feel like it's a blessing all around."
One Cass Tech tradition that Webb won't be continuing, however, is staying in-state to play his college football. To the surprise of many, Webb made an early pledge to Ohio State and has been one of the Buckeyes' strongest commitments since that time. The Rivals100 corner just felt he needed to blaze his own trail.
"Ever since I committed to Ohio State, I felt like I was doing something different other than going to Michigan or Michigan State," he said. "It was good to do my own thing."
Cass Tech defensive coordinator Jermain Crowell has coached some outstanding prospects during his tenure and he is excited to see another one of his students carry on the tradition of Cass Tech All-Americans.
"It's a great feeling," Crowell said. "I think success breeds success. The kids build off of one another, and the kids teach the younger kids. It's a great feeling. I hope there will be another one. I really think the older kids - when the older kids come back, and we see the type of success that those guys have had - it inspires the younger kids to put forth a lot of effort as far as their academics and their commitment to getting better. They want to master their craft."
With the festivities now out of the way, Crowell, Webb, and company now have their sights set on another state championship. Webb is in the midst of an outstanding senior season on both offense and defense and will need to continue that level of play if a state championship is to be in the cards.
"We didn't play all that well last week, but hopefully the kids respond and we get another win," Crowell explained. "We don't talk about the state championship, we just talk about playing for clothes. We're playing to keep your clothes, because if you lose you've got to turn in your equipment, so you're playing just to keep your clothes. Win this game, focus strictly on this game, and Webb's going to be a big part of that."
Cass Tech is currently 11-0 on the season and will face Dakota High School on Friday in the state playoffs.
Tim Sullivan of TheWolverine.com contributed to this story.