The Huskers received some good news on Tuesday evening when Jackson Academy (Mississippi) defensive back Lardarius Webb committed to the team. Webb became the first defensive back commitment for the 2021 recruiting class. It was the relationship Webb built with Coach Scott Frost, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and defensive back Travis Fisher that has him fired up to be a Husker.
“It’s like a home feeling, I love Nebraska,” Webb said. “When I got on the phone with the coaches it made me feel like home. You don’t meet everybody and feel like you’ve known them for a long time. I feel like I had a relationship with Coach Frost, Coach Chinander and Coach Fisher. I felt like I knew them all for a long time. So, I felt like if there was anybody that I would love to play under it’d be Coach Frost and Chinander with Coach Fisher as my DB coach.”
— 𝕃𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕦𝕤 𝕎𝕖𝕓𝕓 𝕁𝕣. (@LardariusJr) July 7, 2020
The defender is originally from Alabama. He transferred to Jackson Academy for his senior season.
The Nebraska offer came on June 26th and the relationship blossomed quickly from there. It was about a week after starting to talk to the Huskers when he knew the relationship was building. Webb hasn’t visited Nebraska yet but he has been able to get familiar with the facilities and atmosphere via Zoom. He’s spoken with the staff often about coming up to Lincoln to see it in person once recruiting visits open back up.
Webb is relatively new to the recruiting scene for Husker fans. Nebraska was his first Division I offer. He is viewed as a defensive back whose recruiting stock could have really taken off with a full camp season.
“Coach Fisher likes an all-around DB. He likes somebody he can move around the field,” Webb said. “Someone that can play safety, nickel and corner. That’s what separates me. Everybody can’t get back there and read a ball. Not everybody can play the quick slot or play on the island, especially not in a big stadium like Nebraska.
“I feel like I have the talent to showcase what God blessed me with. I feel like I can do everything Coach Fisher asks me to do.”
— 𝕃𝕒𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕣𝕚𝕦𝕤 𝕎𝕖𝕓𝕓 𝕁𝕣. (@LardariusJr) June 23, 2020
Webb’s father—Lardarius Webb Sr.—played defensive back in the NFL for nine seasons. He worked himself into a third-round draft pick from Nicholls State. He was thrilled about his son’s decision to commit to Nebraska.
“Oh, he loved it,” Webb said. “I told him I really like Nebraska and he said go ahead and commit. Call them. I’ll come to your games on Saturdays. That’s all he cared about. He saw it though. He witnessed it when they called me. He saw that they really care about me so that was good.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.