GAINESVILLE, Fla. — First impressions are everything, and Florida made a great one on M.J. Webb last month.
The four-star defensive lineman from Madison (Ga.) Morgan County visited UF on Jan. 30 for Junior Day.
“It was my first time down at Florida,” Webb said. “I got to interact with the coaches and everything, so I really enjoyed it.”
The staff tried to sell Webb on the environment around campus and in The Swamp. Their pitches apparently worked, as he intends to make a couple return trips to Gainesville.
“They were just saying I could come in here and fit it with everything and enjoy the atmosphere because they know there isn’t another game day like it is at Florida,” Webb said. “I’m going to see if I can get down here and see if that’s true.
“I’m coming back, most definitely. It’s a beautiful place and I like the fans here. I’m coming back some time over summer and then I’ll be back for a game also.”
During his visit, Webb met with coach Jim McElwain.
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“He was just like, ‘There’s no other place like Florida,’ ” Webb said of their conversation. “He said he loved watching my film and all. It was my first time meeting him, so I enjoyed talking to him. He’s a pretty cool coach.”
Webb is ranked the No. 6 strongside defensive end in the 247Sports Composite, but ESPN, Rivals and Scout list him as a defensive tackle. The Gators are recruiting the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder for both positions.
“Either a defensive end or a defensive tackle,” Webb said. “It really doesn’t matter to me. I’m fine playing on the defensive line. I love it, just wreaking havoc.”
Webb doesn’t plan on committing until the fall and claims no leaders at this time.
“Not really,” Webb answered. “I’m just going to wait to the process out and everything, wait until my senior year and all.”