While the Syracuse University football staff long ago identified New Jersey prospect Anthony Brown as its top quarterback on the board for 2016, that doesn’t mean the Orange have stopped looking at talented signal callers. Earlier this week, they extended an offer to another QB in Jamie Newman, and it looks like the North Carolina native could wind up being one of the strongest prospects the Orange recruit this year.
Newman is a legitimate 6-foot-4, and in the neighborhood of 225 pounds, so he’s already got prototypical size to compete at the next level. According to his HUDL profile, Newman also runs a 4.69 time in the 40, and if you watch his tape it looks like that’s a pretty legitimate time. While his ESPN profile lists his time as nearly two tenths of a second slower, it’s clear watching his highlights that the kid can flat out move.
For the sake of comparison to the current Syracuse roster, Newman already looks to be at least as fleet afoot as Terrel Hunt, though obviously that’s going to be a little skewed considering Hunt is running against a higher caliber of athletes than Newman faces at Graham High School in North Carolina. Still, in his highlights Newman shows some good wiggle and acceleration, and in several clips simply outruns the smaller players in the secondary once he gets into that second level of the defense. And for the folks who miss Donovan McNabb, skip to the 2:38 mark of his highlight reel. I think you’ll be reminded of that former Orange great with Newman’s elusiveness when the pocket breaks down.
On top of that, the dual threat quarterback looks to have a good, strong arm and throws the ball with some real zip on his passes. One of the more impressive throws in his junior year highlights comes at about the 1:05 mark, when he takes a pretty vicious direct hit but still manages to sling the ball with accuracy and velocity about 35 yards, over the top of the defense for a touchdown.
Newman currently holds offers from Duke, NC State, Boston College, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, and Wake Forest, along with East Carolina and a few other smaller schools. Brown may be the top priority for the Orange at quarterback, but frankly after watching Newman’s film, I don’t think any of us would be particularly disappointed to add him to the roster as part of the class of 2016.