An Interview With Syvelle Newton

One of the more eagerly awaited arrivals in the incoming class for the Gamecocks is Marlboro County product Syvelle Newton. Known to his friends as "The Caddy," his athleticism upside is legendary. When you combine size, height, weight, speed, strength - his numbers astound ...

Syvelle Newton Bio: (6-2 208) Bench Press 310, Vertical Leap 32-inches, and 4.41 forty-yard dash. He led Marlboro County to Three State Championships. The "Cadillac" passed for 2,854 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 2,950 yards and 36 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons. He was named the South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, North-South Game Most Valuable Player, Zone man Award, and to numerous Pre-Season and Post Season All-American Teams.

Syvelle, to begin with, tell us to whom you compare your playing style?

"I see myself to be more like Michael Vick and Donovan McNabb. I'm a threat to pass and run."

Syvelle, what do you bring to the field that sets you apart from others?

"I'm going to bring a desire to play the game. An 'I've got to win' attitude. I bring leadership."

What do you do on a daily basis to get ready for big time SEC football?

"I got the USC workout book, whatever is in the workout book I do. It's just about the same as we do at Marlboro with (Strength) coach Kaga."

Tell us about your decision to become a Gamecock?

"I kind of knew I was going to Carolina by the beginning of my 11th grade year. They really showed a lot of interest in me. Coach Cosh treated me like I was already a part of the team, and he told me the truth. I like my decision. My family can come watch me play"

Did anyone ever try to discourage you from signing with South Carolina?

"They all said good things about South Carolina. They never said anything negative against South Carolina and especially Lou Holtz because all the coaches respect Lou Holtz."

What were your impressions of Lou Holtz when you met him for the first time?

"The first time I met him, he was doing magic tricks, and he was giving a motivational speech. This coach will be in the Coaches Hall of Fame. I get to learn from him about life and how to be a man and not just football."

Syvelle, what are your goals as far as playing right away and what position do you plan to play for the Gamecocks?

"I hurt my (throwing) shoulder in the North-South game. My goal first of all is to get back to 100-percent healthy. If I'm unhealthy, I'm going to red-shirt. If I am healthy, I'm going to lead my team to a winning record and a winning bowl game. I'm looking at trying to be a quarterback, but if I can help the team in another place then that's what I'll do. It's all about winning to me."

Have you been able to talk to any of the other players that are in your recruiting class and how does it feel to be a part of such a terrific recruiting class?

"I've talked to Blake (Mitchell). We're teammates even though we are playing for the same job. If I beat him, he'll be behind me 100-percent. And if he beats me, I will be behind him a 100-percent. It's good to know you've got good teammates throughout your college career."

What was it like being left off the Shrine Bowl team?

"I wanted to represent my hometown, my family, and my coaching staff. It kind of hurt my feelings. I couldn't believe coaches that are grown men have the attitude of children, not choosing me the number five quarterback and Demetris (Summers,) the number two or three running back in the nation. I didn't have anything to prove. Well, you see what happened to them in the Shrine Bowl. He (Jim Ringer) got what he deserved."

Syvelle, your Head Coach Dean Boyd tells us that you are a talented singer and musician. Tell us about your other talent?

"I first started in a (gospel) group of over 150 guys. I'm one of the lead singers, and I can play the keyboard and drums. I made a compact disc in my house and people from Jacksonville (Fla.) Epic Records wrote me back. I'm supposed to go back before school, but I don't know if I will."

Syvelle, what would you like to tell the Gamecock fans that will be reading this?

"Let them know that I'm a Gamecock to the end. I will convey leadership, a good attitude, and a good winning attitude to the team."

Marlboro County Head Coach Dean Boyd spoke to GamecockInsider.Com about what Syvelle is like on the field and off the field.

"Syvelle has a lot of God given talent. He's a great student. He attends church regularly and sings in the choir. He's a great competitor, when he gets on the field he's not your friend. He's a free spirit and that rubs people the wrong way. If you tell him he can't do something, he has the desire to show people he can do what they think he can't do."

Coach Boyd, what type of player did South Carolina get in Syvelle?

"Whatever the (South Carolina) coaches ask him to do, he'll do that and then some. He will be someone that they are glad to have in their program. They are going to love him down there"

Thank you Coach Boyd.

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