May 8, 2010

Black Knights target and offer TE/DE Newman

Although he is listed as a tight end, Justin Newman could end up playing on the defensive side of the ball at the next level.

Without a doubt, Newman's versatility fits the mold of the type of players that Army's head coach Rich Ellerson continues to pull into the Black Knights' program.

In the case of the 6-foot-3, 190 pound prospect, he plays both sides of the ball at Mountain View High School out of Mesa (Ariz.), where on "D" he logs in at one of the defensive end spots.

This week, Newman picked up his first college offer and he could not be more excited, as well as surprised.

"I was offered on Wednesday by Andy Guyader of Army," shared an elated Newman. "He was there to watch my Regional Track meet and afterwards he extended the offer."

Newman runs the 200M, 400M, 4x200 and the 4x400. "I finished first in the 400 (49.02) and first in the 200M (22.53)," declares Newman, whose 400M time qualified for the states, but he is uncertain if his 200M time makes the cutoff for the state meet.

According to Newman, Coach Guyader pointed out that the Arizona prospect could project at several position for the Black Knights. "He talked to me about playing defensive end, receiver or linebacker," says Newman, who has a great affection for the defensive side of the ball. "We have talked on the phone and email, but he didn't mention and offer before. So I wasn't sure if he was going to offer me or not, but when he did I was very excited."

Newman indicated that he will probably take his official visit to Army at the beginning of school. But until then, he has a pretty busy summer planned when it comes to making his rounds at various camps.

On his list are ASU, Stanford, Cal and Northern Arizona. will continue to follow Newman's recruiting throughout.

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