You were committed to Maryland for a long time and decommitted about two weeks ago, knowing that you'd end up at UNC. How tough was it to keep that decision under wraps?
“It was pretty tough. Everybody was asking me where I was going, for most people I just said you’ll find out on Signing Day. You just gotta keep your cool.”
Carolina has told you that it needs corners and that you’ll pay some special teams, where do you see yourself fitting in at UNC?
“They said I can play corner and then they said I can play nickel. And they said I can play punt returner and kick returner so I see myself fitting in well. I see they have a corner from Virginia, M.J. Stewart, who is about the same height as me and he’s about the best corner they have so I figure I can do what he can do. I’m going to try to do it better though.”
Family ties. Dad went to Virginia Tech. Big brother (Deon) is at Virginia Tech. You chose UNC over Virginia Tech. What made you want to be different?
“For one, I didn’t really want to go to Tech. I mean, I did at a point when I was younger but I want to create my own path. We’ve been going to Tech since I was little, so I already know what that would be like. “
As you made your announcement, you said that you wanted to start your own legacy. What will that UNC legacy be?
“I guess we will see.”
HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL COACH MIKE SMITH
What can UNC expect out of Dazz Newsome?
“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.”
What makes you believe that?
“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.”