Last week, Jameel Sewell picked up his first official scholarship offer. It came from Syracuse University, and the 6-3, 200 pound Hermitage High School quarterback prospect certainly enjoyed the moment.
“It felt so good,” Sewell said of gaining his first offer. “I really can’t explain what I was feeling at that time. Coach [Kane] came and got me out of class to tell me, ‘Congratulations, Jameel, you got your first offer from Syracuse.’ I just wanted to jump. It means a lot to me, because I just wanted to get that for my mother. Get myself in school and get an education.”
It didn’t take long for the second official offer to follow, as UVa extended one earlier this week according to Hermitage Head Coach Patrick Kane. UVa offered Sewell as a quarterback.
Other ACC programs, including Virginia Tech, continue to show serious interest.
“Virginia definitely, Maryland, Tech, and NC State,” Sewell said last week when asked which schools, other than Syracuse, have shown the most interest. “Those are my top ones. I get a lot of letters from other schools, but those are my top ones.”
Do not expect an early decision from Sewell, who may wait all the way until Signing Day to announce his choice. Right now he wants to play his senior season and then focus on recruiting.
“I would like to play my senior year, and I’ll probably decide some time between the end of football season and the very end,” Sewell said.
Though a decision may be far away, Sewell is certain of what the number one criteria will be when he makes his choice.
“Academics,” Sewell answered when asked what the most important factor in his decision will be. “I mean, I would love to go to college, play football, and go on to the NFL, but as long as I’ve got my education, I know for sure that I’ve got that to fall back on.”
An Ohio State fan growing up, Sewell admits location will not be a major factor. If all things are equal among his final suitors, however, staying close to home may give an in-state program the final edge.
“I don’t mind going far away to school, but if I have a chance to go to an in-state school that treats me well and likes what I’m doing, I’ll probably go there,” Sewell said.
As a junior, Sewell completed 65 of 135 passes (48%) for 1,032 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw only five interceptions. A dual threat...
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