“Jamie is a dual threat,” Graham head coach Anthony Timmons said. “He’s a young man that can throw the ball and can run the ball, but what myself and our coaching staff is very impressed about is he’s able to make others around him better. He’s also able to read coverages. He’s able to check from read plays to pass plays, or vice versa. He really puts a lot of pressure on me, because he’s always wanting to grow and learn.”
Newman was thrust into Graham’s starting lineup at quarterback three games into his freshman season.
“Everything was moving so fast going from middle school to high school,” Newman said. “I’m just wide-eyed.”
Newman finished the season in the ballpark of 900 yards passing and 500 yards rushing.
The following season, his first as a fulltime starter, Newman passed for 2,034 yards and 13 touchdowns, and rushed for 750 yards and a dozen touchdowns.
Five games into his junior season, Newman has completed 44-of-84 passes (52.4-percent) for 870 yards and eight touchdowns with just one interception. He has also rushed for 485 yards and four scores on 77 carries.
Newman has collected scholarship offers from Boston College, Duke, NC State, and West Virginia.
“Wake Forest is coming [with an offer],” Timmons said. “I believe they were at our game when we played [Winston-Salem] Atkins… When Jamie was at a camp over there this summer, he did fit very well and the coaches told him it’s coming.”
North Carolina also sent a coach to see Newman play. Keith Heckendorf, the Tar Heels’ quarterbacks coach, watched Graham vs. Western Alamance. Newman was the first – and thus far only – 2016 quarterback Heckendorf has made an evaluation visit to see during the Fall Evaluation Period.
“We had communication prior to the game and I’ve also talked to Coach [Jason] Tudryn, [UNC's Director of High School Relations],” Timmons said. “They are very impressed with Jamie.”
In June, Newman camped at UNC where he worked out under Heckendorf’s guidance.
“The experience was great,” Newman said. “I love the fast paced practice. We were treated just like players – everything was up-tempo. We got coached just like we were one of the Carolina players. It was real fun. I had a great experience getting to work with Coach Heckendorf.”
Since that camp performance, Newman has discussed the status of a possible UNC offer with Heckendorf.
“He told me I’m one of their top guys,” Newman said. “They just want to see how I finish out the season.”
In addition to UNC and Wake Forest, Newman camped at Clemson, Duke, and NC State this past summer.
Thus far this football season, Newman attended Duke’s season opener against Elon. He plans to return to Chapel Hill this Saturday to watch UNC host Virginia Tech.
Newman doesn’t claim any favorite schools.
“It’s hard to say, because I love everybody right now,” Newman said. “I just want to see who fits me best.”
Outside of football, Newman is a member of Graham’s track-and-field and basketball teams. In track, he runs the 200-meter dash, where his personal best time is 23.1 seconds. He averages 15 points a game on the hardwood… Newman has an aunt who graduated from UNC and an uncle who graduated from Georgia… Growing up, Newman was a Tar Heel fan… He plans to major in kinesiology and minor in marketing in college.
2016 Target: Jamie Newman
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