Timber Creek's Webb de-commits from Penn St.

Posted: July 22, 2012

Greg Webb, a star defensive tackle at Timber Creek High School in Erial, N.J., on Saturday became the first recruit to change his mind about Penn State since the conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and the release of the Freeh report.

Webb, a four-star recruit as ranked by rivals.com who is regarded as one of the top players at his position in the nation, committed to North Carolina along with Timber Creek teammate Dajaun Drennon after a recruiting visit this weekend, according to Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson.

Webb had committed to Penn State in May.

"[Webb] and Dajaun are inseparable," Hinson said. "They both loved the school. Their families loved it, and they'll be together."

Hinson said Webb's decision was not directly related to the damaging revelations of the Freeh report, Penn State's internal investigation into a possible cover-up of Sandusky's behavior by former coach Joe Paterno as well as senior school administrators.

Hinson also said Webb didn't de-commit from Penn State because the school could be facing NCAA sanctions.

"It was a family decision," Hinson said of Webb's decision to de-commit from Penn State and commit to North Carolina.

The 6-2, 295-pound Webb, a first-team all-South Jersey selection as a junior, had nearly 30 scholarship offers, including an offer from defending national champion Alabama.

Webb and Drennon both said during the 2011 season that they hoped to attend college together.

"That's the plan," said Drennon, a 6-4, 235-pound defensive end who also plays tight end.

Hinson said Drennon is projected as a combination defensive end/outside linebacker at North Carolina.

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