Jameel Sewell ’s first season on the Hermitage varsity football team was a successful one. In leading the Panthers to a 9-1 regular season record, the lefty quarterback completed 65 of 135 passes (48% completion percentage, 13.5 attempts per game) for 1,032 yards and 16 touchdowns. He threw only five interceptions.
Sewell was satisfied with his performance and looks forward to more opportunities to show his abilities next season.
“I’d rate my junior season as pretty good,” said Sewell. “It was my first year playing varsity, but I adjusted to it and think I played pretty good. On varsity, the game speed is so much faster. The strength and speed is so much better. It’s like moving from college to the pros. Once I adjusted and learned the new system, I did well, especially since we didn’t pass the ball that much. Next year I think we’ll pass the ball more. I’m in a 7-on-7 passing league now, and it seems like our playbook is turned around.”
At 6-3, 200 pounds, Sewell shows a soft touch on many throws yet has the strength to put some zip on the ball if necessary. Overall, he has a good arm. Sewell is also a solid scrambler. While he can run the ball effectively (29 rushes for 150 yards and two scores as a junior), he prefers to stay behind the line of scrimmage and find the open man.
“I like to sit in the pocket and wait for the open receiver,” Sewell said. “When I scramble, I scramble to get out of the pocket and to avoid the rush, and then I look for the downfield receiver.”
In recruiting, interest has picked up for him over the course of past month. Sewell now holds three official scholarship offers, including Syracuse, Virginia, and Maryland. The Terrapins are the most recent to offer while Syracuse was the first. Other ACC programs, including Virginia Tech, and more are showing serious interest.
Sewell says the schools that have offered like his ability to “keep plays alive, my release, my vision, and my field savvy.”
“Everything’s going much better in recruiting,” Sewell said with a laugh. “I have three offers right now – Syracuse, UVa, and Maryland. NC State, Pittsburgh, UNC, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and a couple of other schools are recruiting me too. All of those schools I just listed want me to come to their camp. I’ve already sent in money to Maryland, Virginia, NC State, and I’m going to Wake Forest’s camp this weekend.”
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