Interest Increasing in Western Branch Junior QB

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Western Branch (Chesapeake, VA) junior Kevin Newsome , one of the top prospects in the 2009 class, now has two Division 1A scholarship offers in the fold. The 6-3, 205-pound quarterback has also received increased Division 1A interest over the past several weeks, so more offers could be on the way soon.

Virginia Tech was the first program to offer, and North Carolina recently became the second. Western Branch head coach Scott Johnson discussed the other interest his star junior has received.

“He has a lot of interest,” Johnson said. “N.C. State was in last week and is very interested. UVa has been in over the past three weeks. They are really, really interested. I know Kevin went out to Stanford a couple of weeks ago to take a look. Alabama called last week and wanted information about him. I talked with the grad assistant to [Alabama offensive coordinator] Major Applewhite. Penn State is very interested, too.

“UNC and Virginia Tech are the only true official offers, but, for example, I know he is one of the top quarterbacks on Penn State’s board. I think they are just waiting a little bit until they get all of the 2008 class in line.”

Led by Newsome, Western Branch finished the 2007 season with a 10-2 overall record and an appearance in the Division 6, Eastern Region semifinals.

“I think he is the best dual threat quarterback in the region,” Johnson said of Newsome. “He had a great year running the ball. He had about 500 yards rushing and about 12 touchdowns rushing. He came back and threw for 1,300 yards and another 12 touchdowns.”

A top athlete, Newsome could play a number of positions on the college level. Wide receiver and defensive back could be possibilities given his size, speed – Coach Johnson estimates that Newsome runs a 4.4 in the 40 – and athleticism. Wherever he chooses to play his college football, he would like an opportunity to be a quarterback first.

“I think he believes his future is at quarterback,” Johnson said. “He wants a shot to play the position on the next level.”

Penn State, Stanford and Virginia Tech are three of the schools Newsome has visited this year. Stay tuned for more from Newsome on his recruitment, as well as which