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UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: DB Dazz Newsome

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Ranked the No. 1 cornerback in Virginia, No. 10 in the East and No. 82 in the country by • Listed the No. 19 player in Virginia and the No. 43 athlete nationally by • Ranked the No. 35 player in Virginia and the No. 81 athlete in the country by • Although he projects as a defensive back, he was named the Daily Press Offensive Player of the Year as a senior • Led the Peninsula District with 35 touchdowns in 13 games • Scored 28 rushing touchdowns, three receiving, two on punt returns and two on interception returns • Started on offense as a wide receiver and running back, and on defense as a cornerback and safety and on special teams as a return specialist • Led his team in both rushing yards (1,684) and receiving yards (413) as the Crabbers advanced to the Group 5A state quarterfinals • Earned Group 5A first-team all-state honors as a punt returner and second-team all-state wide receiver in his junior season • Had 18 total touchdowns as a junior • Coached by Mike Smith • His older brother Deon is a safety for Virginia Tech, and his father, Myron, also played for the Hokies


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RECRUITMENT: Newsome impressed the UNC coaches with his performance during one of its later June summer camps. However, the staff held off on offering until mid-December. By that point, he had been committed to Maryland for over two months and had already taken his official visit to College Park. He went on to schedule official trips to UNC and Virginia Tech on consecutive weekends in January. However, while in Chapel Hill, he de-committed from Maryland and canceled the trip to Blacksburg. On Signing Day, he selected the Heels.

WHY CAROLINA: "Everybody is cool. It's like a big family. They take you in. The main thing I liked was how the team is a family. They're more of a brotherhood."

EVALUATION: Although his ball skills and game-breaking ability would allow him to play a skill position on either side of the ball, Dazz Newsome’s knack for shutting down opposing receivers make cornerback his best fit. However, for the aforementioned reasons, he should at least contend for reps as both a punt and kick returner. When the ball is in his hands, he’s very shifty and elusive. He has no problem sifting through traffic and spinning out of likely tackles. 

HS COACH QUOTES: "A great player. Good person, great player. He’s 100 percent competitive and he’ll go on from there, just like he went on from here, and play on Sundays. Having coached about a thousand players who have gone on to college and play, he’s in the upper echelon. He’s the best high school football player in the state, no doubt." — Mike Smith, Hampton HS

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