HAMPTON (WAVY) – Mike Smith had a very bold comparison for his star receiver and cornerback, Dazz Newsome. “He’s kind of like a Deon Sanders-type guy,” said the head football coach at Hampton High School.
The 5-foot-10 junior has lived up to that name in more ways than one. He’ll show up to practice wearing a pair of sunglasses very similar to the ones worn by the NFL Hall of Fame cornerback.
And when the lights come on, Newsome will make plays that look very mucy like the type Sanders would make. “I’m glad he’s on my team,” said Crabbers senior quarterback Jovonn Quillen.
Newsome has 10 touchdowns through six games this season, and they’ve come on offense, defense and special teams. In fact, seven of them came in one game; a 76-6 blowout over Gloucester in which he started the scoring with a punt return for a score, and then followed that up with touchdowns on the ground and through the air.
“I just think I’m the best,” said Newsome.
He’s not the only Newsome to suit up for Smith. His brother Deon (coincidently enough) is a receiver at Virginia Tech, and his father Myron graduated from Hampton in 1993 before playing for the Hokies.
Dazz Newsome may very well carry on the family legacy in Blacksburg. For now, he summed up his biggest concern in two words; “Winning states.”