Nashville head coach Tim Kuhn has seen some good ones come through his program but Royce Newman could be the best of all.
"Royce has played tight end/defensive end during his whole career here," coach Kuhn said. "He's 6-foot-7, 268 pounds and broke a lot of school receiving records here. You just don't find many guys that size that can run in the 4.8's. Royce is just so athletic. He's a three-sports star here. The sky truly is the limit for this young man. He will be a star on the next level if he keeps working as hard as he has the last four years."
Newman was thought more as a basketball player when he entered 9th grade.
"The first year he got here (in high school) they said he was a basketball guy, but I knew his future was football. This is his first year to really concentrate in the weight room and it shows. He plays around 60-80 AAU basketball games a year. He's so versatile on the football field and the other sports as well. His junior and senior seasons we split him out wide. Defensively he played end for us and was dominant. There aren't too many with his size and athleticism that can block like him. Royce really has all of the physical tools. God truly blessed him."
The Scout300 member was blessed with genetics as well.
"Both his parents played sports. His mom played college volleyball and his father was a heck of a football player himself. They are all physically gifted and intelligent people."
Where do the colleges project Royce to play?
"Down the road probably offensive tackle. Missouri and North Carolina State project him at offensive tackle. Nebraska and Ole Miss just want to get him on campus. Down the road they see him at right or left tackle. He can play both because he has the footwork and length to play left tackle, but he's suited for either tackle slot. That's left to be determined."
When did Ole Miss start getting heavily involved?
"I think it was towards the end of his football season they really started pushing for him. Coach Luke came and saw him play and said he would make a heck of an offensive tackle for their program. They just want to get him on campus and get him in the weight room. They think he'll be 300 pounds after a good year in the weight room. They just think he's a heck of an athlete that can excel in their program. Coach Luke said he likes to build them up rather than tear them down. They rely on a lot of spacing in their offense and they are looking for guys who can really move their feet and play in space. That's his game."
What does Royce's official visit schedule look like?
"He doesn't have anything going on this weekend. He has to play in a hoop tournament. Royce goes to Ole Miss next weekend and and finishes with Missouri on the last weekend in January. He already visited Nebraska before the holidays."
The All-State performer has been a long time commitment to Missouri but decided to take a look around when the staff he committed to changed.
"I think that has a lot to do with this. They don't have their offensive line and offensive coordinator there anymore. He was close to those guys. Royce does have a good relationship with coach Ford. Missouri is still a viable candidate."
What has him interested in Ole Miss?
"I think it's just the direction the program is headed in with coach Freeze there. Plus, he has had a chance to have a few home visits with coach (Matt) Luke and has taken a real liking to him. Matt is real energetic and brings a lot of passion to the game. Royce is the same way. They really are like two peas in a pod. They have a real good relationship. I believe their family also feels really good about what is in store for Royce if he were to go there. I know they are all excited to get down there and meet everyone face-to-face. We are excited as well. Me and my wife are going to go down there as well on that visit. I have heard a lot of great things about Ole Miss. We are excited to get to see it first hand."
Ole Miss currently has the No. 5 ranked football recruiting class in the country.
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at email@example.com