HAMPTON (WAVY) – It’s hard to mention the name Dazz Newsome without the adjective, “dazzling.” The Hampton High School senior has spent the last few seasons providing highlight after highlight, returning punts, kickoffs and turning mediocre gains into highlight reel-worthy touchdowns for head coach Mike Smith.
Last Sunday, the highly-recruited Newsome announced he intends to play his college football at the University of Maryland. Smith, now in his 46th season as the Crabbers’ head man, believes the Terps “got the best skill player on the east coast.
“Maryland got him,” said Smith.
Newsome has received offers from Old Dominion, Marshall and Norfolk State, while also receiving interest from Virginia Tech and the University of Michigan (according to 247Sports.com). He chose to follow former University of Virginia head coach Mike London, now the Terps’ defensive line coach, to College Park.
“The Biggest factor was when I went up there, they told me they needed corners, and that’s what I wanted to play anyway,” said Newsome.
“I feel like I can go to the league for corner.”
Newsome’s brother Deon and his father Myron both played for Smith at Hampton, and both later played for the Hokies as well. The newest super star is deciding to build his own legacy in the Big Ten.