Alabama’s top-ranked prospect has unique tie to LSU

Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Eye on the Tigers, a rundown of everything happening in LSU Tigers recruiting , with Sam Spiegelman. Today, we discuss Alabama’s top-ranked prospect, 5-star offensive lineman Clay Webb, who has a unique tie binding him to LSU.

5-star OL Clay Webb talks LSU

BUFORD, Ga. — Clay Webb has yet to visit LSU’s campus. In fact, the nation’s top-ranked center and the No. 11 overall prospect in the 2019 class has had only a small bit of communication with first-year Tigers offensive line coach James Cregg.

Webb does, however, routinely speak with LSU coach Ed Orgeron and has a much more distinct connection with the LSU football program that most elite prospects can claim.

Webb’s life coach is Broderick Taylor, the father of former LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander. Taylor serves as a mentor to the 6-foot-3, 300-pound interior lineman, which has opened his eyes to the out-of-state team in recent months.

“My life coach [Taylor] — his favorite team is LSU. His son [Alexander] attended LSU and the coaches are trying to get me over there sometime soon,” Webb told SEC Country at the Nike Opening regional in Atlanta. “He loves it because it’s a group of nice guys and great coaches.”

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Five-star Alabama OL Clay Webb is being mentored by Broderick Taylor, the father of former LSU linebacker Kwon Alexander. (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

That group of coaches have been working steadily toward bringing Webb to campus at some point this spring or summer for the first time.

Cregg will certainly be a factor, but for now, the onus is on Orgeron to lure the Oxford, Ala., native to Baton Rouge. LSU’s head coach has been in regular communication with the 5-star center and the whole offensive staff stopped by his high school back in January, which made an impression.

“I talked to Coach O the other day. He just wanted to say hey and see how everything was going,” Webb said. “Some of the coaches came down to my school to say hey to me. They’d like for me to come down for a visit or for a game and to get to know the coaching staff a little bit better.”

Getting Webb on campus is a top priority for the LSU staff.

Alabama’s top-ranked prospect does not plan on trimming his list of schools down until after his senior season, likely in December. He’ll make a decision soon after. He’s also open to leaving the state for college.

First and foremost, he is putting an emphasis on the relationships he’s developing, which means a visit to LSU is essential in order for the Tigers to continue to capitalize on their position with Webb.

“Everything is wide open,” Webb said. “As an offensive lineman, I take into account how well I know the coaches and the other offensive linemen, so I could determine whether I would be a good fit there or not. By the time football ends, I’ll narrow it down to a few [schools] and by December, I’ll have my decision.”

Sources at LSU believe it has already put in a good groundwork with the 5-star lineman, who has been heavily linked with Alabama.

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