In-State Signal Caller Enjoys Duke Visit

The Blue Devils hosted a number of prospects over the weekend including one of the top signal callers in the state of NC. Following the visit, we spoke with Graham (N.C.) High standout Jamie Newman about the trip and where his recruitment stands.

“It was great visit and watching the practice was really great,” said Graham (N.C.) quarterback Jamie Newman. “Seeing the intensity and hustle in passion in every part of practice and talking with all the coaches is great…they have a very good coaching staff.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior quarterback holds scholarship offers from Duke, NC State, Boston College, West Virginia, Elon, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and East Carolina at this point. The offer from Duke is nearly a year old.

“They offered me back at the Saturday Night Live Camp last summer after the camp. It came from their head coach himself.”

Since that time Newman has maintained contact with his recruiting coach, Coach Collins, who has worked to convey the Duke message as well as the Blue Devils’ desire for a bigger quarterback prospect.

“I have a really good relationship with Coach Collins. He is not only a great coach but a great man to talk to, and his personality is really good.”

As for the kind of signal caller the Blue Devils desire, make no mistake…Newman is a dual threat prospect who ran for more than 1,000 yards a season ago. In addition to the work with his legs, Newman has the size to see over the offensive line and down field. We asked the prospect to provide a first person scouting report.

“I’d say my three biggest strengths are my arm strength, my ability to run the ball, and my ability to stay calm under pressure. As far as what I need to work on, I need to improve my accuracy and keeping a good base. You can always become more and more accurate as you progress.”

Graham head coach, Anthony Timmons, adds some additional thoughts about his star prospect.

“One of Jamie’s biggest strengths are his leadership qualities,” said Timmons. “Jamie’s a coach on the field. He makes everyone around him better. He pushes his teammates in the classroom, weight room and in practice to be the best they can be.”

Newman, who has been the varsity starter since his freshman season, has really improved throughout the season.

”I really challenged him to be able to read coverages better and to audible at the line of scrimmage,” Timmons said. “He’s been able to make those split-second decisions and that’s where he’s really gotten better.”

Newman says he has no other visits scheduled at this time.

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