Mount Vernon QB Fonnae Webb (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruitNoVA)
Fonnae Webb will be a senior leader in 2019
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
From 30 yards away from his target, Mt. Vernon quarterback Fonnae Webb surveyed his situation. The “thousand one, thousand two…” count was nearing five and the agile athlete was going to have to make a decision in the next second.
Running away from the defense, Webb’s forte, was not an option. Today, he was leading the Majors in their Major Shootout, which unfortunately for him, was set on the foundation of passing in a 7-on-7 situation. His only enemy behind the line of scrimmage was the cadence of the Mississippi count.
Suddenly, he saw Kyle Clark breaking toward the middle of the field. Clark, a 5-11 receiver, who Webb says is “one of our top-three best athletes” and “a speed demon with serious bounce from playing basketball,” had broken free, but was about to face one defender while still running away from another. A pass to him would have to be threaded perfectly.
Webb, in a split-second, cocked his right arm and delivered a dart to a spot about two feet above where Clark’s head would be after his next step. Clark took his step and leapt straight up between the two defenders, snaring the ball from out of the air, reaching for a place where only he could make the catch. First down, Majors!
Fonnae Webb will be in a new and unique position when August comes around. The rising senior led the Majors to an 8-3 mark in 2018 and made himself known in the DMV with his running ability, gaining 1,386 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing on just 145 carries. However, he also showed that he had the goods to throw well, tallying 1,329 yards and 13 scores through the air.
While he lost star receiver Kofi Kwarteng (33-825-10 TD) to graduation, almost all of the Majors offensive pieces will be in place, meaning that Webb may not be running as much next season.
“Jordyn (Reid) will be back (878 total yards and 13 TD’s) and so will his backup Daniel Danso (405 rushing yards in 2018), said Webb, resting between games at last Saturday’s Shootout, in which Mt. Vernon made it past 18 other teams to face Dunbar (DC) in the championship.
Yet, he expects to become more of a pocket passer this fall. “I’ll throw more this year.” Kofi is gone, but his younger brother Aboraa, known as A.B. is a rising junior who caught 20 balls last year, and should become a deep threat. “Derick Sarpong (nine catches for 114 yards in 2018) runs some nice routes.” Webb also has Reid (16-364-3) and Danso at his throwing disposal.
This could make for some interesting options in the already innovative Major offense, which averaged almost 40 points a game before bowing out to Hayfield 33-22 in the first round of the Class 6 playoffs.
“I like the way we’re looking this year,” said Webb, who at 5-11 and 195 pounds presents a sturdy, yet deceptively quick target to catch. He is happy to talk about the Mt. Vernon offensive line in particular. “We have more kids in the weight room this summer,” added Webb before talking about a couple of his protectors.
“Tamon (Hendricks) is 6-3, and 290, and he’s just going to be a sophomore. Elijah Rucker is 6-2, 270, and he is one of the meanest guard/tackles I have ever seen. What he brings to our practice is intensity. They fill gaps that we had from last year, and then with three (potential) thousand yard rushers.” His voice trails off a bit, but it’s hard for Webb to contain his enthusiasm.
One overlooked part of Webb’s game might be his attention to detail. In their third game at the Shootout, Mt. Vernon faced Lake Braddock, another Class 6 playoff team.
“I watched a film of their previous scrimmage about 12 times,” said Webb, who admits that he doesn’t like to be unprepared. “I wanted to see what their DB’s do on first-and-10, first-and-20. Usually, I’ll watch another team on film six or seven times. I’ll be up all night.”
He will need to continue the film work to stay ready for this year’s games. He talks about getting ready for the Centreville and T.C. Williams games, although the Majors don’t play Centreville until October 18, and the Titans game is on November 1.
His mind operates as fast as the legs which carry him through defenses (4.54 speed in the 40). It’s no surprise that his intention is to major in the high-speed industry of informational technology. “I’d like to go to a big IT school, with a minor in business.”
The list of potential football schools is growing every week. To date, Webb has heard mostly from FCS schools such as Villanova, Richmond, Towson, Monmouth and Fordham, among others. Wake Forest and North Carolina were the first “Top Five” schools to show interest, and Webb went to a camp at Chapel Hill. “I liked it, but they haven’t offered.”
But it’s still June.
– Jim McGrath