Joseph Newman Profile
Army, Navy, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State and Georgia Southern all have one thing in common. They run option offenses. One other thing they have in common is their pursuit of Charles Drew High School quarterback Joseph Newman.
Last season Newman's team piled up yardage and points while running a zone read spread offense. While Newman ran his offense out of the shotgun, the offense is still similar to the option offenses in that a quarterback must make quick decisions shortly after the ball is snapped based on how the defense is reacting.
Newman, who runs a 4.54 forty and has good quickness, ran his offense well piling up 1,500 yards passing for 24 scores. He also ran for 1,200 yards and 15 TDs. After the season he was named to the first team All-Region squad and Clayton county Offensive Player of the Year.
William Silveri, who oversee's Drew athletics, is a former player himself and has nearly 10 years high school coaching experience. He has followed Newman's exploits closely.
"They scored on us at the beginning of the game and within three plays he brought us back," said Silveri when recalling a game versus Mundy's Mill High School in October of 2014. On the third play after the Mundy's opening score Newman broke loose for an 85-yard touchdown run and the Titans went on to prevail 40-28.
Asked what makes him a great player, Newman points to his work ethic.
"I think my work ethic [makes me a great player]. I put in a lot of extra work after practice and on the track because I'm a two sport athlete, I just want to get better.
Charleston Southern, Army and Navy have all offered Newman. Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern and Kennesaw State are interested. Newman believes that Furman may be his next offer.
The academies interest Newman. He had some concerns at first but now knows it's a great opportunity.
"At first I think he was a little apprehensive because when you think of Army and Navy the first thing you think of is going to war" said Silveri. "But after some of the some students started talking to him, he spoke with the guidance counselors and he spoke with the coaches, I think he started to understand the opportunity that was there for him."
Newman reflected on his offers from the academies.
"It's an honor to be offered by both service academies," said Newman. "I've been looking into it and thinking hard about Army and Navy."
Newman, who recently advanced to the state track finals, will have a busy schedule coming up. He plans to camp at Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Jacksonville State, and Middle Tennessee.
He wants to visit Army but says he may have to wait until September. He isn't sure whether he'll visit Navy yet. He wants to learn more about them since he only was recently offered by them.
Someone is going to get a fine player in Joseph Newman.
Stay tuned to Scout.com to for more on this exciting player.
Newman proud to have Army, Navy offers
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