Webster staying close to home

Bryce Webster had planned to take at least two official visits before making a decision about his future, but those plans have changed. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound power forward from St. Thomas Academy High School in Mendota Heights, Minn., gave a commitment to Minnesota late last night.
"Yes, Bryce gave a commitment to the Minnesota coaching staff late last night," said St. Thomas Academy head coach Mike Sjoberg. "I honestly don't think that I have seen Bryce this happy in the last year.
"It was tough for Bryce to call all of the other coaches and let them know of his decision," he added. "I can tell you that Bryce is relieved to have this decision made. He is extremely happy right now."
There was a time when it looked like Webster, the three-star power forward, would take official visits to Minnesota and Boston College before making a decision about his future. However, Webster knew that playing for his hometown Golden Gophers was the best possible option.
"Bryce feels so good about staying close to home and playing for Minnesota," said Sjoberg. "Had Boston College, Notre Dame or Marquette being located in Minnesota, I truly believe that he would have made the same choice. Staying at home and playing for his hometown school was so important to Bryce, so that played a big role in his decision."
Bryce Webster Scouting Report: Webster has the potential to be a very good big man on the high-major level. He has size, desire and decent feet and hands. He does need to tone up his body and improve his foot speed. -Jerry Meyer