Newsome, Blue Headline Blowout

CHATHAM, Va. --- Hargrave Military Academy's backfield duo of Kevin Newsome and UNC pledge A.J. Blue accounted for six touchdowns and three two-point conversions, as the Cadets routed Radford University, 50-0.

"We were all excited about our home game," Blue said. "It was our first home game and we rarely have home games so we just tried to give something for the school and community to see."

Newsome, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, started and played most of the game at quarterback. He rushed for 71 yards and three touchdowns (4, 5, and 27 yards) on six carries and threw for 71 yards on 3-of-7 passing.

"We played as a team – that's what counts," Newsome said.

Blue, a 6-foot-2, 205-pounder, saw several drives at quarterback – his most of the season to date – where he completed 1-of-3 passes for 20 yards, though one of his incompletions was a receiver drop. He also rushed for 51 yards and a touchdown on five carries.

"It's not anything that bothers me," Blue said of his limited – but increased – reps at quarterback. "It's something that I would like to do more. Here and Carolina, I'm just here to help the team. I got signed as an athlete and that's what I am."

While lining up at running back, Blue carried the ball four times for 18 yards and two touchdowns.

With the game getting out of hand early on, Hargrave sat its two rotating defensive units after four series.

"Still, defense did its thing today," UNC pledge Kevin Reddick said.

Reddick, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker, recorded three tackles and recovered a fumble, all while playing outside instead of his usual middle linebacker position.

"They're going to play me at all three [linebacker positions]," Reddick said. "I'm going to be starting or playing at either one. They needed more faster guys on the outside, so that's why they put on me on the outside [against Radford]."

Leon Mackey and Jonathan Meeks, two other UNC targets on Hargrave's defense, had solid days in limited action. Mackey collected two tackles and deflected a pass at the line, while Meeks had two tackles.

Hargrave, which is now 4-0, will play its most competitive game of the season to date Friday, when the Cadets travel to Greenville to play East Carolina's junior varsity squad.


Newsome continues to play his recruitment close to the vest.

"I'm just checking around," Newsome said. "… I'm just looking around, honestly. I'm not taking one team and putting it on a high pedestal; I'm looking at all the schools and giving every school a chance."

Newsome jokes about having a top 30 list. He says Tennessee is the newest addition to said list.

While the Volunteers entered the list, UNC might be on its way out.

"At one point in the recruiting process, UNC was my number one school, but it seems as if they aren't recruiting me as hard anymore," Newsome said. "If they do [start to recruit me hard again] – which I'm hoping they will – I'll be happy to give them a chance.

"I really like Coach [Butch] Davis and Coach [Kenny] Browning. I really like Coach [John] Shoop and those guys. I like the team environment, I like the practice environment."

Newsome says he won't be making any more alterations to his "top 30 school list" until January 1 when he announces his collegiate destination.

"[My plan is to] just take the internet, take some visits, and ask people about the schools," Newsome said.

Although he says he will begin to schedule official visits soon, Newsome isn't sure what schools he will officially visit.


On the first weekend Hargrave students were permitted to leave campus, Reddick and Mackey unofficially visited UNC.

"When I went up there for the Virginia Tech game, all the players showed me love," Reddick said. "They were happy to see me and I was happy to see them."

Reddick stays in contact with the majority of the players on the team. He sent them all a "good luck" text message before Saturday's game against Miami and then spoke to several players following the last-minute win.

"I was like ‘Man, I couldn't breathe [while watching the end of the Miami game],'" Reddick said. "They were like ‘We couldn't either.'"

Blue, Meeks, and Reddick had planned to travel to Chapel Hill Saturday to watch the Connecticut game. However, with all three scheduled to take the SAT on Saturday, they had to postpone the trip.

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A.J. Blue
Kevin Reddick
Leon Mackey
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