Webb led the Blue Blazers with 1,206 receiving yards on 67 receptions, including 12 touchdowns in 2016. This was the second most prolific season in Elkhart Central football history. He was voted Team MVP, as well as 1st Team All-NIC North, IFCA 5A All State, and IFCA Region 2 All Star.
“JT has a great upside as he prepares to move to the next level and play at Grand Valley State,” said Levon Johnson, who coached Webb for all four years at Elkhart Central. “They have indicated that he will be switching to the defensive side of the ball and playing corner back for them. JT possesses all of the physical skill sets to be a very successful college football player. His speed, footwork, leaping ability, and athleticism are going to make him a great asset for the Lakers. Once he gets to college they will continue to develop his size and strength.”
Grand Valley State is coming off a 12-1 season after falling to Ferris State in the Division II national quarter-finals. The final AFCA Coaches Poll had them ranked #4 in the nation, the 13th time since 2001 they finished in the top 10 (including 4 national championships). It was this success, along with proximity and the coaching staff that attracted JT.
“I like that it is close enough to home, but far enough way that I can stay on campus and focus on school,” said Webb. “Coach (Matt) Mitchell is very involved with the players and personally runs study tables. I didn’t want a head coach that seemed distant from his team, so that was a big draw for me.”
“Playing for this program helped me overcome a lot over the last four years,” said Webb. “The coaches were great about helping us work on our individual crafts while also helping the team to work together. They showed a true commitment to every player on the team and that family atmosphere really meant a lot.”
“I may be a Laker next year, but I will always be a Blazer.”