The 6-2, 215-pound linebacker from Wallace-Rose High School in Teachey, N.C. just returned from one camp, and will soon depart for several others.
"I just got back from a camp at UNC and I think it went pretty well," he said. "I'll probably be camping at Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Illinois. I might even try to get up to Penn State, but I'm not sure if we'll be able to work that out."
Newkirk runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and has demonstrated the ability to play well against the run, while still providing a pass rush. As a junior for Wallace-Rose last year he recorded 100 tackles and 15 sacks.
"My biggest asset isn't my speed, but I can definitely rush the quarterback," said Newkirk. "I'm really good at stopping the run right now. That's my strongest area at this point."
Newkirk is still waiting on his first offer, but with increasing interest from top programs that might come sooner rather than later. If the opportunity presents itself, the case for ECU might be strong.
"I know a lot about East Carolina," he said. "Probably more about them than the others. I have a brother that just graduated from there, and my sister still goes there. They like it, so I think it would be a good place to be."