December 21, 2012
Cornerback has his eyes on the Black Knights
Probably one of the most difficult positions to upload into any program across the nation is cornerback. Many offenses have become more pass oriented, or worse case scenario with the spread offense .... the combination of pass and run. There is call for quality cornerbacks who can defend the pass, but have the physicality to come make the tackle against the run.
With the graduation of Josh Jackson, Army is looking deep not only to find talent to fill the pipeline, but perhaps at least one cornerback who could come in direct and compete immediately.
With the return of frosh starter Chris Carnegie and the high expectation of prep prospect Josh Jenkins, the Black Knights are overly pressed, but the need for depth, along with developing talent at the USMAPS is essential.
Two such prospects are on the Army's radar right now. One is Elijah Mitchell and the other is Zachry Newman out of Missouri (Tx) James Madison High School.
GoBlackKnights.com caught up with Newman, who now claims offers from Hampton, Army and North Texas offers.
"Yes, Coach Lyles also came down to my school to visit me and they offered me as well," declared Newman, who says that he has his eyes on the Black Knights.
"I watched the Army-Navy game ... it was a great game. I'm not locked on Army only, I am keeping my options open."
"Army just came in an offered him two weeks ago," confirms Zachry's dad LeMarcus Newman, who had stint in the NFL with the San Fransico 49'ers in 2005. "Coach Lyles (Robert) came in for an in home visit after he offered Zachry on the phone."
Already having comparable size, the 6-foot-2, 185 pounder could project as a boundary corner or even at safety when you start discussing where he may project at the collegiate level.
"I played a little bit of everywhere," says the Texas native, who also runs the open 200m, 4x200 and 4x400 with a personal best time in the 200m of 21.9. "I played free safety, strong safety and corner, but my primary position is corner."
When asked, what player he enjoys watching and emulating, the Texas native had this to offer. "I see myself as a Morris Clairborne (Dallas Cowboys) kind of defensive back," shares Newman, who observers have acknowledged that the strongest part of his game is his press technique ability. "I love the way he plays and the same way he plays, I think I play that way."
On the year, Newman ended his season with 3 interception and approximately 87 tackles.
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