Q & A: Jameel Sewell

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Jameel Sewell became the 20th verbal commitment of Virginia’s 2005 recruiting class earlier this week. The 6-3, 200 pound Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA) quarterback chose UVa over offers from Maryland, UNC, Syracuse, and Cincinnati.

Q & A…

Coach Kane said you had narrowed your list to Virginia and Maryland before choosing the Cavaliers. How tough was your decision?

“It really wasn’t that hard of a decision. Virginia had shown me a lot of love from the very beginning. They were the first school to really show me a lot of interest. I really liked them a lot, so it wasn’t much of a decision.”

Why did you choose UVa?

“They have a good program that’s up-and-coming. It’s a place where my parents and the rest of my family only have to go an hour and 20 minutes to see me whenever they want to. And I love the offense. The West Coast offense is tailor-made for a quarterback.”

How does UVa’s style of offense fit your game?

“It fits me well. They make the pocket around me, but if I need to get out and make things happen I can make it happen. If they need me to run the option, I think I could do that well. If they need a roll-out passer, that’s what I grew up doing so I can definitely do that.”

After watching your video, you seem to be pretty good at the play-action pass. Is that something you’ve worked on over the years?

“My father always told me to hide the ball. I learned everything from my father. He taught me how to play quarterback, so when I got to Hermitage they didn’t really have to teach me anything.”

(Note: Jameel’s father is Harry Sewell, who played quarterback for Virginia Union.)

What are your goals for your senior season?

“My goal is to get our team to the state championship. Of course I have to get us in the playoffs first. We have to focus on winning every game. Mentally, we feel we can win any game. Hopefully we’ll put the ball in the air more so I can show what I’m capable of doing.”

What are your impressions of UVa’s recruiting class?

“The class is very strong right now. I really like what they are doing. It’s exciting to be a part of what a lot of people call the best recruiting class in the country right now. Hopefully I can get my boy [Jeffrey Fitzgerald] to come with me now. I’m going to try to get him to come with me. That’s one thing he won’t tell me though. He doesn’t tell anyone who