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Michael Carvell

UGA makes rare offer to high school freshman

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UGA was the first school to offer a football scholarship to MJ Webb, one of the state’s top high school freshmen.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder from Morgan County High School made an unofficial visit to UGA on Saturday, and got some big news while meeting Bulldogs coach Mark Richt.

2017 DE MJ Webb with his Morgan County coaches at UGA (Special)

2017 DE MJ Webb with his Morgan County coaches at UGA (Special)

“We’ve been talking to Georgia here for a little while,” Morgan County coach Bill Malone said. “(Assistant Will) Friend got in touch with us and asked us to come up. Coach Richt called, and wanted to make sure we were coming. We got into the stadium this morning, and (Richt) offered him. MJ was just as excited as he could be. It was a real good thing.”

What was MJ’s reaction to the UGA offer “My mind was blown,” Webb said. “I couldn’t believe I finally got my first offer. I called my grandmother to tell her. She was so proud of me, and she started to cry.”

It was Webb’s second trip to UGA this spring. He has also made visits to Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Clemson, and he will travel to Alabama on Wednesday. Florida State was Webb’s childhood favorite but he said “I don’t think I’m going to have a favorite now.”

UGA will likely be the first of several offers over the next few months.

“They offered MJ because he can play,” Malone said. “He’s 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds at 15 years old. He has great grades. He has got good tape. You know, the sky is the limit for him.”

It’s rare for UGA to offer a high school freshmen. According to Rivals, the Bulldogs have only offered three other 2017 prospects across the country, including two others from Georgia:  Peachtree Ridge High School wide receiver Deangelo Gibbs and Liberty County High School safety Richard LeCounte.

The Bulldogs, which has been criticized in the past for waiting longer than out-of-state schools to offer Georgia’s elite underclassmen, will likely benefit by being first in line for Webb.

“I definitely think it has to play into MJ’s mind with them being the first to offer, the first to believe in him,” Malone said. “We don’t get this kind of thing very often in Morgan County. He’s a great kid, and we’re all happy for him.”

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