Webber Will Be a Bulldog

Justin Webber will walk on at Fresno State.

Sanger (Calif.) RB/DB Justin Webber was one of the top athletes in Central California heading into the 2007 season. However, a knee injury ended his senior year in June, and much of the recruiting stopped. Fresno State remained interest and offered Webber as a preferred walk-on. Despite having an offer to a FCS school, Webber tells BB.C he has no doubts about becoming a Bulldog.

Justin Webber (5-9, 190) says he is healthy and ready to compete.

"The knee is good, 100%," said Webber. "I just got final clearance. Now, I can do the fun stuff…get to cut and run. I feel almost better than before I was hurt. I feel really good. I feel strong!"

Webber hurt his knee on the first day of the Fresno State Team Camp last June, but he was not in Fresno when it happened.

"I was at the Stanford camp, and planned to get down for the last days of the Fresno State camp. I never had a knee problem. I was able to walk off the field [following the injury] after a minute. I thought I was fine. The trainer took a look and said I was going go be okay. I went to the doctor just as a follow up and found out it was an ACL tear."

Webber said it was tough watching his teammates compete Friday nights while he stood on the sideline.

"I kind of felt left out," said Webber. "I kind of looked forward to this next year, and got used to dealing with [the injury.]"

Webber followed his older brother Brent's footsteps. He was a two-way standout for the Apaches displaying his talent in Tom Flores Stadium.

"I think we pretty similar," Webber said of him and his brother. "[We're] good tacklers and can read well. I fly around more than he does. [We're] both good at coverage. I know this is going to make him mad, but I give bigger hits."

Nevertheless, he will not follow his brother's path to Sacramento State.

"Sacramento State honored it," Webber said of his official offer. "But my brother went there. I wanted to go to Fresno State, go to the better program, and it is closer to home."

Webber says watching his brother go through the recruiting process and finish his college career was very helpful.

"I learned from his troubles," said Webber. "I knew what to do, how to get my name out, where to send things. [Brent's] been helpful. I go to him for advice; he kind of regrets not striving for the bigger program. He tells me I'll be surprised how well I'll do at a bigger program if I push myself."

After his injury, Webber's recruitment all but dried up.

"Oregon State, San Jose State, and Fresno State were recruiting me," said Webber. "Those were the big three. Only Fresno State stayed in contact and is giving me the chance to walk on."

"[The other schools] let me know it was over. I understood how it is. That is why I decided to go with [Fresno State], to prove myself."

"Coach [Pat] Hill mentions all the past players that walked on, Cameron Worrell, Logan Mankins, and earned scholarships."

Webber says Fresno State is recruiting him as an athlete, and wherever he can contribute the most early on is likely where he will stay.

"Running back, strong safety, or cornerback," said Webber. "I think I am a defensive guy…I think I will be on the defensive side of the ball."

He says he is currently working out Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in Fresno with a trainer. Moreover, in the coming weeks he says he plans to work out with long-time Edison Secondary Coach Tony Perry Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"When I'm not working out I plan to be at Fresno State's spring practice. I want to get a step ahead of everyone else. I am going to be sitting in during meetings and watching film."

Webber plans to start working out with the team as soon as he graduates. He says since Coach Hill has a history of redshirting newcomers, more than likely, he expects to redshirt.

Webber would like to enter fall camp close to 200 lbs. He says he has already gained 15 lbs since dropping down to 175 while rehabbing. His says his max bench is 295, and his max squat 420.

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