It’s been another productive season for QB Jamie Newman and NC State seems happy with his progress.
Dave Doeren wanted Newman even before watching any film from his junior season. NC State offered on the basis of last year’s 2,000-yard performance but more importantly what Newman showed at camp Doeren over the summer.
Graham’s star quarterback is key to any offensive success the school has and so far he’s been pretty good. Graham may be only 3-3 on the season but Newman has done his part. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in his last game so he’s on track to match last season’s numbers.
NC State offered Newman after he worked out at the first Wolfpack camp of the summer. That was all the coaches needed to see. They had been watching Newman well before that and they wanted him to show measurable progress in certain areas before taking the next step and offering. At the camp they saw that he was progressing at a good pace.
“They liked my progress and how much I’ve grown. They really like how much better my mechanics have gotten. They offered me the night of that first day of camp.”
Newman had visited NC State before that camp. He was at the spring game and it wasn’t his first camp at the school. Then later in the summer he attended a more laid back “camp” event that was more about socializing and spending time with the coaches than proving anything on the field. Newman had already proved all he needed to.
He was back at State for the Pack’s big showdown with Florida State.
“Oh my goodness,” said Graham (6-3, 221). “The students and the fans in general were amazing. It was like wow. I was with my dad and it was great.”
Upon his arrival, the coaches didn’t waste any time in introducing him to people. He spoke with Henry Trevathan, Jr. (Director of High School Relationships) while having a meal and he also chatted it up with Cullen Homolka, Director of Player Personnel.
Because parking was so difficult Newman didn’t get there as early as he had hoped but he saw enough to feel good about the day even with a loss.
“I think the offense would be a really good fit. It would show I’m a dual threat being able to run, throw and throw on the run. Watching Jacoby (Brissett) Saturday was really good. He had an awesome game. The offensive play calling was great. I met Jacoby at the camp and the little laid back thing they had and he was really cool. He was always trying to help me out here and there.”
No school has separated itself in Newman’s mind and with offers from Duke, WVU, Boston College and Elon Newman doesn’t want to rush himself. Duke is the only other school he has visited this fall and while the Duke experience is different altogether than the feel at NC State he likes both schools.
“I really love what Coach Cutcliffe is doing and what he has going over there. He’s turned it into a really strong football program as you can see from the past couple of seasons. I just like their intensity. They’re very intense. They’re about business but they’re also very family oriented. Coach Cutcliffe says that team is your family and that team really is your family. You go in the locker room there and you can tell everybody’s together.”
Graham evened their record at 3-3 on September 26 with a nail biting 47-44 win against Southern Alamance. The week before that they dominating Atkins 35-7. Graham had started the season 1-3 and was hurting after a 54-14 loss to Orange on September 12 but the team seems to have rebounded.