Virginia Tech Gets Involved With 2020 Defender Jerzhan Newton

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Jerzhan Newton
DE/OLB, Class of 2020
Clearwater Central Catholic, Clearwater, FL
6-3, 225

At 6-3 and 225 pounds, there’s no question that Clearwater Central Catholic (Fla.) defender Jerzhan Newton has the size that college coaches want. But it’s far less certain what position that size, along with his skillset, translates to at the college level.           

Newton is up to 13 offers, after Virginia Tech offered a scholarship earlier this week. Central Florida and Southern Miss made offers yesterday, to join Florida, West Virginia and others. To this point, though, Newton has only visited one school, which has him primed to see more this spring.           

For Newton, he hopes more visits will provide a better sense of how schools view him on the field, which is likely on defense. He had 38 tackles and six sacks last fall.           

“I’m an outside linebacker type, a defensive end, but if I get bigger, I can play inside,” Newton said. “The spot I like the most is defensive end. It’s easy for one-on-ones with the tackle. I feel like I can get to the quarterback quicker. It’s just easier than inside, so I like it a little more.”           

Newton is still getting a feel for one of his latest offers, from the Hokies. The offer came from Justin Hamilton, Virginia Tech’s Director of Player Development on defense.           

“I really don’t know too much,” Newton said. “Coach said he’d come with the head coach (Justin Fuente) to talk to me. I’ll see then. I know about the program. Other than that, I just know they’re a good team.”           

Newton said he got a good feel from Hamilton, especially when they talked this week.           

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