South Carolina will sign its 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday, but four high school recruits already are on campus getting ready for spring football. SEC Country gives you the rundown on the four early enrollees. Next up: M.J. Webb.
When South Carolina’s early enrollees arrived in January, one of them already had experienced being a member of the Gamecocks: M.J. Webb.
The South Carolina defensive lineman graduated from Morgan County (Madison, Ga.) High in December, then headed to South Carolina to take part in a week of bowl practices leading up to the Birmingham Bowl.
Coach Will Muschamp called the situation of having an early enrollee come in for bowl practices a “win-win” and the big, versatile defensive lineman made an early splash.
“I don’t remember who he was going against, but he destroyed them,” senior defensive end Darius English said during bowl practice. “He struck the block, got off the block, made the tackle and everybody got excited. A lot of guys didn’t expect that to happen. I believe he is going to make a big impact for the future.”
Webb was one of the most highly recruited defensive linemen in the country, picking the Gamecocks over Georgia, Auburn and others.
He will be counted on to have an early impact, as Muschamp was plenty vocal after the Birmingham Bowl that the Gamecocks needed more impact defensive linemen, especially pass rushers.
The Webb Profile
247sports: 4-star, No. 26 player in Georgia, No. 16 strong-side defensive end
Rivals: 4-star, No. 21 player in Georgia, No. 12 defensive tackle
Scout: 3-star, No. 52 defensive tackle
ESPN: 4-star, No. 28 player in Georgia, No. 16 defensive tackle