Tevaun Smith up to three offers

Wide receiver Tevaun Smith (Toronto/Kent School) is generating interest late in the recruiting process.

Smith, a postgraduate, picked up his third offer after he took an official visit to Iowa last weekend and is scheduled to visit Miami this weekend. According to Kent School (Kent, Ct.) coach Todd Marble, Miami has not extended a scholarship offer.

Smith's other offers are from Connecticut and Temple. After attending high school in Canada, Smith decided to spend a postgraduate year in the United States in an attempt to raise his athletic profile.

“There's no timetable [for making a decision],” Marble said. “Right now I'm trying to shield him from the media so he can concentrate on his academics, but he's at the point where he's still going to consider all of his options. He's run a 4.4 (40-yard dash) so I'd say say his strengths are his speed and his athletic ability.”

Smith, who also played quarterback last season, scored two touchdowns when Taft beat Kent 28-18 in the NEPSAC's Class A championship game last month.

Early interest for Newsome

Running back Arkeel Newsome made a name for himself last season when he set Connecticut's single-season record for rushing yardage (3,763 yards) and helped Ansonia win the Class M championship.

Newsome, a 5-foot-8, 173-pound sophomore, also set a state record by scoring 62 touchdowns (58 rushing).

“We've already heard from BC, Connecticut, Miami and Iowa,” Ansonia coach Tom Brockett said. “People are just trying to get in on the process. He'll have offers by the time he takes the field for his junior year.”

Brockett said Newsome will likely play running back in college.

“I think that's what [college coaches] will come after him as, but he could definitely play on the other side of the ball,” Brockett said. “We put him on the other team's top receiver and he's a shutdown corner.”