On June 2nd and 3rd, Football University will be hosting a developmental camp at Independence High School in Williamson County. The FBU camp will provide a chance for football players from around the region to get positional skill training and practice film review provided by former NFL players and coaches. The camp is open to any interested player in the area for a cost of $495. However, tnhighschoolfootball.com will be awarding free entry to the FBU camp for one Tennessee athlete as selected by our football panel. Our third finalist is Jacob Webb of Stratford High School in Nashville.
Jacob’s dream is to use his football ability as a way to bring inspiration to his community in East Nashville and to provide for his family. He grew up in the difficult setting of the James Casey Housing Project and is currently living with one of his grandmothers while his mother battles a serious disease. Football offers an opportunity for Jacob to escape his troubles and find enjoyment. His family isn’t able to go to the games due to a lack of transportation but find encouragement in his success as well. On the field, Jacob is a versatile player and has played quarterback, slot receiver, running back, and kicker. Quarterback is currently his primary position and he earned the start against Overton in Stratford’s spring scrimmage. He has also maintained a 3.0 GPA in the classroom. Jacob will be a sophomore when he suits up for the Stratford Spartans this autumn.
When asked about the role football plays in his life, Jacob responded, “Football means the world to me. Without football I wouldn’t be here today. Football is my sanctuary and my relief. Every time I step on the field I work hard as if my life depended on it because I’m trying to get my mom and both my grandmothers healthy.” He elaborated further on what winning the scholarship would mean to him, “I want to make my granny happy because without her I wouldn’t be playing football, I would be in an orphanage. It would make me feel like I’m an inspiration to my community and anything is possible. That dark area in Nashville will be brightened because I proved that if you put in the work and effort and follow your dreams it can happen.”