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QB Hoping To Make His Mark
Baton Rouge, La.--Sometimes it's hard to explain why certain players get overlooked early in the recruiting process. Such is the case with Istrouma High School quarterback Alfred Newman. A polished pocket passer with the ability to throw on the run, the 6-2, 185-pounder has been a fixture under center since his sophomore season and has put up some outstanding numbers, but that hasn't translated into interest from colleges. Hearing from just a handful of teams in the South, Newman says that he's looking forward to an increase in interest in the coming months. "I am getting more calls from schools," Newman tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I just recently got a call from Auburn again. They had called me earlier. That's all the calls I have gotten from colleges, but I have been talking with some coaches from school and I'm hearing from Grambling and Southern. I have a lot to look at right now. "I don't really have a leader or anything," he adds. "I'm just exploring my horizons right now and looking closely at everyone. I'm just looking at what I want to do and where I want to go for the next couple of years. I've been a big fan of LSU and Auburn growing up, but I like a lot of teams. I would love to play for any school. I just want to play the next four years." Alfred Newman Soon to be a three-year starter, Newman has thrown for more than 4,000 yards and 34 touchdowns in his career with just 11 interceptions. His biggest year came last season as a junior when he had 2,500 yards and 21 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. Throw in another 500-plus yards rushing and four scores and you have a dangerous offensive weapon. Auburn coaches got a leg up on the competition in scouting Newman when he attended a camp on the Plains back in mid June. Despite lining up next to some of the top quarterbacks in the region, he more than held his own over the two days the camp took place. Showing good touch on the deep ball and a strong arm on the out routes and crossing patterns, Newman caught the eye of several onlookers and says that the experience was a good one for him heading into his senior year. "I was around a lot of people from everywhere around the country," Newman says. "There was a lot of good competition, it was a nice environment to be in. It was a real pleasure to be there and play with the other players. I learned a lot from them. I came home with a lot of information and I just went with the flow while I was there." After helping Istrouma to a 7-4 season last fall, Newman says that he believes his team can go all the way this season with 11 starters back on defense and many key performers back on offense. Missing a key receiver and running back as well as three offensive linemen, he says that the season will all depend on how soon the team gels together. "We have some backup players that are good that can step in," Newman notes. "If they can establish a leadership role with me then we'll have a chance to carry the team to the Superdome (site of the state championship game)." If that happens you can bet that Newman won't be an overlooked prospect for long. With the skills and attitude to make it on the next level, he says that his lack of recruiting pressure so far will only fuel his play this season as he hopes to earn a spot on somebody's roster in the fall of 2004. "It has let me know that I can build from it," Newman notes. "I'm in the weight room just hitting the iron. I'm trying to build onto that and carry on into the season. I want to prove a lot of people wrong. That's what I want to do."
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