LCA Head Coach Charles Scott (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Eagles on the move: James to Liberty, Webb to James Madison
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
We’ve watched huge names go off the board over the course of the year thus far with Chris Tyree (Thomas Dale) being the most notable prospect committing to Notre Dame. However, they’re two more big names in the Central Region that have taken themselves off the board as we inch closer and closer to the start of the regular season. Over the weekend, Life Christian starting defensive back Antonio Webb (2020 DB 5-11 185) put a cap on the recruiting process by verbally committing to James Madison University.
The rising senior posted of stat line of 62 tackles, five interceptions, and three forced fumbles last season. Prior to his commitment, Webb also held offers from: Appalachian State, UMass, Old Dominion, Rutgers, William and Mary, Liberty, Florida Atlantic, Southern Mississippi, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Florida International, and Lynchburg. The three-star defensive back committed to UVA last summer, but then proceeded to re-open his recruitment citing ODU, Rutgers, UMass, Pittsburgh, and UVA as his new “Top 5” back in April. UVA dropped out just a day before his commitment paving the way for Appalachian State. However, the top prize went to James Madison.
On June 14, Life Christian starting wide receiver Michael James (2020 WR 6-1 195) picked up an offer from North Carolina Central. The problem is, it might’ve been two days too late. Just two days earlier, James announced his verbal commitment to Liberty which is almost sure to put an end to his recruiting process.
“I picked Liberty because they really care about you and it’s a place where they can help you on and off the football field,” James told recruit804. “I can see them trying to build their program up and I feel like I can help them be the team that they want to be.”
Prior to his commitment, the George Wythe transfer also held offers from Rutgers and Southern Mississippi. Despite choosing Liberty over the litter of programs in his grasp, it would appear as though James is going to give North Carolina Central the same opportunity that he gave every other collegiate program throughout the pursuit.
“With Central, I love the coaches and everything that they have planned down there,” James explained. “Honestly, I just need to take another visit, but it’s going to take a lot more than that for me to de-commit from Liberty. But, I do feel like I can now focus fully on the season and take everything one step at a time.”
– Brandon Mitchell