We caught up with one of the most promising dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2016 class, Newberry's Yafari Werts. The 6'0 176 pound prospect talked in-depth about his sophomore season, outlook for next year, and recruitment thus far.
First off Werts filled us in about his numbers as a sophomore for Newberry.
"I'm not sure about the exact numbers but I know I passed for over 1,000 yards and also rushed for over 1,000 yards last season."
Werts talked about the game he felt was his most outstanding game as a sophomore.
"I would say the 3rd round of the playoffs against Fairfield Central. Because they were undefeated and they were the toughest team we played all year. I knew I had to bring it and I did. I was 12-19 for like 150 yards and 2 touchdowns."
Werts at 6'0 176 pounds is indeed a gamer and is only getting better working out with quarterback trainer Ramon Robinson to strengthen various aspects of his game. The 2016 prospect talked about where he feels his biggest strengths and where he feels he wants to make the most improvement.
"My ability to make plays with my arm and legs is probably the biggest strength I have right now. To get better I want to make better reads and going all the way through with progressions."
Just scratching the surface Werts has already heard from some of the top schools in the southeast region so far.
Werts says that NC State says they want to see him at camp soon. Nearby Clemson says they like Werts and want him to attend camp soon as well.
Last season Werts helped guide Newberry to a 9-4 record.
Looking ahead to his junior season Werts talked about what he wants to achieve next year with his team and also on a personal level.
"My goals for the team are just to never fold, show everyone who is doubting us that we are the best AA football team in the state."
"Personally I just to be more of a vocal leader on the field and just having fun and relax. And of course I want to throw for a lot of touchdowns to show my improvements as a passer."
This weekend Werts is camping with Tennessee and he took some time in between sessions to fill us in on how things are going in Knoxville for his thus far.
"It's going really good. Coach Jon Gruden told me I looked good and one of the coaches from Tennessee said I looked sharp. I'm supposed to meet with some guy from a smaller school afterwards."
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates with Werts over the course of the next 2 seasons as we forsee a bright future ahead for the signal caller from Newberry.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...YAFARI WERTS
Bench press: 225 pounds
Squat: 405 pounds
Power clean: 205 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.53 seconds
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