On Wednesday, Brian Webb became the second Miller-McCoy Academy football player to sign with Tulane.
Webb, a defensive end, is also the last signee from Miller-McCoy — not just with Green Wave but for anywhere else.
Miller-McCoy, a charter school in eastern New Orleans, is closing in May. Poor test scores, disciplinary problems and revolving-door leadership prompted its board to take action after it had been in operation for just seven years.
Promoted as the “public St. Augustine,” when it opened the all-boys school will have final graduating class of 23, including Webb and safety Torebio Santa Cruz, who will be playing at Louisiana College.
That made Wednesday’s signing ceremony in the school cafeteria with players families and the of the football team present somewhat subdued.
“It’s sad to think about it,” said Webb, who will be joining former teammate Stephon Lofton at Tulane. “People like to talk about Miller-McCoy a lot and we had some clowns here who didn’t do their work.
“But we ended up at the same college everybody else that signed with Tulane did. We probably put in more work than they did.”
Indeed, Webb said he turned down an opportunity to go to Army. Mississippi State, Central Florida, Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky also recruited him.
“His mother was the one that said you have to go to Tulane — education, education, education,” Tulane Coach Curtis Johnson said of Webb. “He was going to Mississippi State at one time.
“It was us; it was Mississippi State; it was Ole Miss; it was all across the country this kid was going. So I said I guess it’s like Dorothy, there’s no place like home, so he ended up signing with us. He’s a big get for us, a very, very good player.”
Webb said he wanted to enroll at Tulane in January, but because of the academic disorganization at Miller-McCoy he was unable to graduate early.
“The background of the school, what they were trying to do is why Brian came here,” Tiffany Webb, Brian’s mother said. “But it didn’t quite work out that way.
“He’s self-driven though. You could have put him anywhere and he would have still made it.”