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Gorman: Pitt makes play for Clairton playmaker

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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Clairton's Terrish Webb catches a touchdown pass over Sto-Rox's Ben Shackelford during the second quarter of the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 at Heinz Field.
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Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, 8:31 p.m.
 

Terrish Webb turned the recruiting analysts watching the WPIAL Class A final Friday into a fervent fan base, one that quickly questioned his college destination on Twitter.

Pitt was watching, too.

The Panthers pulled the trigger Saturday morning, offering a scholarship to the Clairton receiver-cornerback. Never mind that Webb is committed to Kent State, the Mid-American Conference East Division champion.

Where Webb said Friday at Heinz Field that he would “definitely” be interested in Pitt if offered, he didn't immediately accept it.

“I'm still thinking about it,” Webb told the Trib's Jerry DiPaola. “I'm going to see how it all works out.”

Webb did admit, though, that he's “pretty excited.”

But he's not dumb.

Webb waited until September to choose a college and never received a BCS offer despite having 27 catches for 776 yards and nine touchdowns last season as a junior.

When Clairton won Pitt's passing camp without star Tyler Boyd, the Panthers offered teammate Titus Howard but not Webb.

With Pitt in hot pursuit of Boyd, Webb (6-foot, 170 pounds) knows that he could be bait to help sway Boyd's decision.

Boyd admitted that it wouldn't hurt to have the opportunity to keep playing with Howard and Webb.

“Pitt is high on my list, especially with all the WPIAL talent going there,” Boyd said. “If they were to offer Terrish, I'm not saying I would go there, but it would impact my decision.”

Webb deserves the offer on merit, though Pitt has a commitment from South Fayette's Zach Challingsworth and is after All-America wideouts in Boyd and Central Valley's Robert Foster.

Not only did Webb have four receptions for 99 yards and two touchdowns in the 58-21 victory over Sto-Rox in the WPIAL final, he also made several spectacular catches and showed nifty footwork.

Webb's 42-yard grab in double coverage along the home sideline was the play of the day. He followed it with a 22-yard touchdown in which he caught the ball and spun into the end zone and later added a 24-yarder.

“He's got really good hands, good speed and leaping ability, too,” Clairton coach Tom Nola said.

Webb is averaging 22.7 yards on 29 catches this season, with 10 touchdowns.

“He's a playmaker,” Boyd said. “He's a ballhawk. He makes catches and smells the end zone.”

Soon we'll find out whether it leads Webb back to the ones at Heinz Field.

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