Jamie Newman, dual-threat quarterback from Graham High School, is heading into his senior season with loads of interest from college coaches.
“Recruiting has been a blessing,” said the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Newman. “I’m taking it day-by-day. Before the last dead period I heard from Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and North Carolina.”
Recruiting has definitely been a blessed process for Newman, he now holds eight offers. North Carolina schools Duke, ECU, NC Sate, Wake Forest and Elon make up a bulk of the offers while his out-of-state offers include Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Boston College.
ECU has left a lasting impression on Newman. He stays up to date on current news surrounding the team and has good feelings about both his offer and the program.
“(Defensive line) Coach Marc Yellock came out and told my coach (ECU) offered me,” said Newman. “He reassured me that they were still looking at me during the season.”
Newman plans to continue developing a relationship with ECU’s coaches and has visited multiple times. He is currently scheduled to visit a spring practice soon and would like to attend a game in the fall.
The departure of offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley to Oklahoma didn’t shake up football recruiting all too much for the Pirates. Newman believes the offense will transition just fine under new OC Dave Nichol.
“I know the new offensive coordinator used to be the wide receiver coach so it’ll be the same system,” said Newman. “It’s a great offense and ECU has great coaches that produce NFL quarterbacks. I went to a junior day there a month or so ago and met every coach.”
Newman went on to say he got closer with Nichol during his junior day visit. He has kept track of ECU’s in-state success the past two seasons and believes the Pirates have won the state. With wins over North Carolina and NC State the point can be argued, but there are folks in Durham that would have something to say about it.
Nevertheless, Newman appears to have a considerable level of interest in the Pirates moving forward.
The interest should continue to flood in for Newman heading into his senior season. In order to turn even more heads there are certain parts of his game he plans to work on.
“As a junior I did a good job of scrambling with my eyes up instead of my head down,” he said. “I was much better in the pocket, but for next season I need to bring back my pump fakes and work on check downs.”