Clairton's Webb commits to Pitt
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For years there was talk about building a Mon Valley Expressway to connect the region with Downtown Pittsburgh. But when it comes to football, the road already has been built: It's a one-way track from Clairton to Oakland.
Clairton senior Terrish Webb became the third player from the Class of 2013 to verbally commit to Pitt to play football, joining teammates Tyler Boyd and Titus Howard. Boyd committed on national television during the first quarter of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, while Howard verballed prior to the season.
Webb becomes the fifth player from Clairton who will be on the Pitt roster in the fall. In addition to Boyd and Howard, the Panthers also boast Bears alumni Kevin Weatherspoon and Trenton Coles.
Pitt also had redshirt senior Manny Williams on the 2012 roster.
“We're just trying to start something in our hometown,” Webb said. “We're trying to better Pitt's organization.”
Webb went on his official visit to Pitt this past weekend and committed before he left the campus. He is coming in as an athlete but likely will be shifted to defensive back with Howard because of the quality of receivers in the Pitt recruiting class.
In addition to Boyd, who despite being the No. 5 rusher in WPIAL history with 5,755 yards will play receiver, Pitt also brings in South Fayette receiver Zach Challingsworth. He was fifth in the WPIAL in 2012 with 58 catches for 1,190 yards and 15 touchdowns.
“The first day when I went down there and sat around and talked to the coaches, I got a comfortable vibe,” Webb said. “Then the next day I went to the Pitt basketball game, and that was exciting, too, because we got to sit in The Zoo.”
Webb had given Kent State a verbal commitment in September but was stunned when Pitt came through with a scholarship offer after Clairton won its fifth consecutive WPIAL Class A championship game at Heinz Field on Nov. 23. He did not notify the Golden Flash coaching staff, instead posting it on his Twitter account.
“I was just down there with the football players, and it was pretty comfortable,” Webb said. “It was kind of hard (to switch), but I just talked about it with my mom, and we decided together.”
This season, the 6-foot, 170-pound two-way starter led the WPIAL with eight interceptions and caught 43 passes for 943 yards and 13 touchdowns to help Clairton extend its state record and national-best winning streak to 63 games, as the Bears won a fourth consecutive state title.
In the past two seasons, Webb caught 90 passes for 1,719 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Keith Barnes is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @KBarnes_Trib.
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