The frenetic ending of Virginia Tech's narrow win over Pitt might've been intensely stressful for all the Hokie faithful in the stands at Lane Stadium — but for one visitor in attendance, the game's conclusion couldn't have been more perfect.
2018 JUCO CB Jeremy Webb out of ASA College in New York City says the game's "crazy" finish might've been a bit chaotic in the moment, but he was positively jealous of the way the defense got to close the game out last Saturday.
"There's just no better way to win a game than to be on the goal line and it's do or die, basically, and you come up and make the stop that you have to make for your team," Webb told The Key Play. "Especially on Senior Day, there's no better way to go out for a senior than to win a game in that fashion. Especially for the 'Lunch Pail Defense.'"
While the Hokies were probably hoping for a bit more dominant result to show off to Webb, they also have to be pleased that the cornerback came away so impressed with his first trip to Blacksburg. The 6'3", 195-pound prospect is rated a 4-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, and the service even rates him the seventh best JUCO player in the country, so Webb's official visit certainly had high stakes for the Hokies.
"I loved it," Webb said. "The atmosphere was great. The fans, the coaches, the players showed me a lot of love. It was a great experience."
Webb, an Illinois native, says the Hokies started off by giving him an introduction to perhaps Tech's finest amenity: the food. When he arrived on campus Friday, he says Justin Fuente, Bud Foster and a whole group of other assistants took him out to lunch at a dining hall to give a flavor for what he could expect from the culinary options in Blacksburg.
"It was really probably about 10 of them, we all sat down and had lunch together, which was really cool," Webb said. "I just loved it... the cafeterias and food they have on campus, the things you can get, whether it's steak or it's lobster."
Webb also got a full tour of the facilities, and came away enamored with the pervasive Hokie Stone, in particular.
From there, he sat in on a position group meeting led by CB coach Brian Mitchell, where he got a chance to see exactly how his would-be position coach manages a film study session.
"He's already mentioned the things he does on a daily basis to me before, but for me to see it for myself and see how he does all that in there, all the little stuff and all the fundamentals, it was great," Webb said. "All the fundamentals at cornerback are super important, so for him being technician like that, I really love that about him."
The Hokies seem pretty impressed with Webb as well. He says Mitchell, Foster and the rest of the defensive staff talked with him plenty about how his size might help him fit into Tech's scheme.
"They have a history with long corners, long DBs period in the secondary," Webb said. "They just said I'm a great fit, I can play, I can run, and I'm mature. They can bring in a mature guy right away to help some of the other guys out that are in the secondary. Just being a leader on and off the field, they just really believe in my style of play."
If anyone is well acquainted with Foster's preference for sizable, rangy cornerbacks, it's the 6'3" Adonis Alexander or 6'2" Terrell Edmunds. Though both are battling injuries, Webb says the pair found plenty of time to show him around campus and give him a crash course on the defensive tradition at Tech — Alexander even hosted Webb overnight.
'They just told me how much they love it, how much they love playing for Coach Foster and how they're always practicing and always in the right position to make plays," Webb said. "Just the whole 'DBU' thing, they really tried to sell me on that. And they just told me about the whole experience, what it was like interacting with fans around campus as well."
But even after getting the hard sell from his fellow DBs, Webb says he isn't ready to pull the trigger on Tech just yet. He has a pair of official visits coming up yet — one this coming weekend at UCF for the Knights' game against South Florida, and one starting Dec. 8 at West Virginia — so he's reserving judgement for now.
Yet Webb is hoping to make a final decision in "early to mid-December," so the Hokies won't have long to wait to see if his visit last weekend truly tipped the scales in their favor.
"They're definitely high, they're definitely high for me right now, but I want to make sure I see all the other schools before I make a decision," Webb said.