Sewell Airing It Out in 2004

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In his first full year as a starter last year, Hermitage (Richmond, VA) quarterback Jameel Sewell posted modest numbers. He completed 65 of 135 passes for 1,032 yards, 16 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in leading his team to a 9-1 record in 2003.

Heading into this season, Jameel was expecting a breakout year and that’s exactly what he has had. Through 7 games, Sewell has completed 56 of 86 passes (65% completion rate) for 1,171 yards with 17 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. More importantly, he has led Hermitage to a 7-0 record and a #8 ranking in the AAA state rankings.

“I think Jameel’s progression has been outstanding,” Hermitage Head Coach Patrick Kane said. “He made good decisions last year. I think that was one of his strengths. If you look at his touchdown to interception ratio last year, it was excellent last year and he’s continued that this year. I think that’s a key thing that sets him apart from most high school quarterbacks. He’s also continued to make good progressions. We’ve escalated what reads he needs to make and he’s done well with that in his development. He also makes good decisions with the ball in terms of when to run it and when to throw it if things start to break down.

“I think he’s taken his play up to another level this year.”

The 6-3, 200-pound UVa commit has the ability to break big plays with his legs as well. Just last week, he rushed for 2 touchdowns in a 59-6 win over Thomas Jefferson. He runs in the 4.7 range in the 40-yard dash. But while he can certainly make things happen on the ground, he primarily uses his athleticism to move around the pocket and find the open receiver.

When he finds the open receiver, he showcases accuracy and strong arm.

“His 2 strengths are his decision making with the ball and his touch with the ball,” Kane said. “He throws the short pass with touch equally as well as he throws the deep ball. I think you don’t find those 2 things in high school quarterbacks too often. Some guys can fling it but they can’t throw it with touch to the receivers so that it’s a catchable ball. He does that extremely well.”

Coach Kane feels his quarterback has all the tools to be successful on the next level. At the same time, he realizes it will be a lot of hard work to make it happen.

“I’d say the biggest jump on the next level is the time factor,” Kane said. “I’m talking about the amount of time you put in. When