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- Updated: July 10, 2013
Arkeel Newsome is one of the best running backs in state history.
He’s rushed for over 3,000 yards in a season, averaged 11 yards per carry, and even had scouts talking about his chances of breaking the all-time national rushing record.
Now, he’s heading to UConn.
According to a report from the Connecticut Post, the Ansonia High School junior has committed to play for the Huskies in 2015. He chose UConn over Florida, Miami (FL), Iowa, and Boston College.
The Post reports that Newsome informed UConn head coach Paul Pasqualoni of his decision late Wednesday afternoon. The junior running back has already set the state record for career touchdowns (118), and helped lead Ansonia to back-to-back state championships.
In his three-year career, the 5-8, 185-pound back has rushed for a a total of 6,918 yards on 11.2 yards per carry.
In 2011, Newsome rushed for an absurd 3,763 yards in 14 games with Ansonia (268.8 per). He averaged 12 yards per carry, and scored an incredible 62 touchdowns that season.
Last year, he rushed for 2,245 yards and 38 touchdowns despite missing a few games with an ankle injury. He’s been named an All-American by MaxPreps, won the 2012 Connecticut Post Athlete of the Year and is a two-time All-Connecticut Walter Camp selection.
Newsome is also on pace to top state records for total rushing yardage. He needs just 1,462 yards in his senior year to pass former Ansonia running back Alex Thomas, who went on to star at Yale.
The Chargers have won 28 straight games with him in the backfield, including a Class S and a Class M championship.
The Huskies could use Newsome’s explosiveness, as they ranked last in the Big East in rushing in 2012.
Check out some of his highlights: