CLEARWATER – Jervon Newton did just about everything for Clearwater Central Catholic last season doubling as a starter at running back and cornerback. Entering his senior year, he’s ready to bring it his all.
Newton became a starter this past season after proving his worth as a sophomore with three rushing touchdowns, 54 tackles and an interception.
His junior year was filled with highlight reel plays as he totaled 952 rushing yards (6.9 YPC) along with 12 touchdowns tying him with CJ Cotman for the team-best mark. Cotman and Rashaad Stewart mixed in often to make up the three-headed backfield. Newton also racked up 58 tackles and a team-high five interceptions at corner.
Newton says he believes the team is such a connected group because they all have one goal in mind, a state championship.
“We all have been around each other for three years know,” Newton told Prep Sports Scouting. “I actually grew up with CJ [Cotman] and his family and I went to middle school with Amari [Burney].”
At 5’11”, 195 lbs., Newton has a unique mix of power and burst. He says he knew he had to have a breakout season to open up the eyes of college coaches.
“God blessed me with talents out of this world. I can play any skilled position on offense and also on defense. I put up good numbers for running back only playing half the games for most of our games. I feel like I had a great year at corner as well.”
The Marauders have gone 34-6 over the past three seasons including a 12-1 record in 2015. However, Delray Beach American Heritage has beaten CCC in the 3A state semifinals in both 2014 and 2015. The Marauders lost in the state title game in 2013 to Jacksonville Trinity Christian as Newton played on the JV team.
Newton says he believes his team will find a way past that round whether it comes against American Heritage or not. Him and his brother Jerquan, a rising senior worked out the following Monday with the game fresh on their minds. Jerjuan, a sophomore is the youngest of the three brothers on the team.
“American Heritage has had the best of us the past two seasons. There a great football team and to beat a team like that we will have to stay healthy and play mistake free football. Last season we lost 31-24. As a player that made me work harder than ever.”
Longtime CCC head coach John Davis retired in December after serving 14 years as the man in charge. He posted a 54-11 record as his group made it to the state tournament four consecutive seasons including three state semifinals and one state final. He coached nine years prior during his first stint from 1994-2002. His son-in-law Chris Harvey took over the job this off-season.
“Coach Harvey is a good coach. All of the players love him. He pushes everyone to be better players on and off the field. Coach and I have a good relationship. I can talk to him about anything.”
Newton started playing football in the fourth grade. He says he gained confidence during seventh grade when he led his little league team to a championship. Weighing at 185 lbs. last season, Newton has added 10 lbs. of muscle and would like to get to the 200-pound mark before August.
In the 21-14 win over Clearwater in last month’s spring game, Newton played the entire night running the ball hard and making himself known on defense. He had 40 rushing yards and an interception in the first half alone.
In terms of his biggest strength, Newton says that is his vision as a runner. He wants to improve his aggressiveness as a cornerback.
Newton currently has five offers on his plate from Bucknell, Army, Campbell, Western Illinois and Marist. On top of that, Florida Atlantic and South Florida are among the teams showing interest in him
He told me that Army offered him to play both running back and cornerback while the other four schools want him to play running back exclusively. Newton is putting together a plan to visit a few colleges before the summer is over.
The biggest role model in Newton’s life is his dad.
“He works hard. He’s the one who pushes me to be a great player. After every game, he lets me know how I played and some stuff I need to work on.”
Newton says his ultimate goal is to see how far he can go with the game of football. He wants to use his football scholarship to earn his degree in business.
The 2017 prospect wanted to finish with this message to all the players who will come after him.
“To all the young guys out there, remain humble continue to work hard and God will bless you eventually.”
Jervon Newton isn’t afraid to mix it up. He has a unique set of skills as a runner and blocker out of the backfield. When he hits a hole, he will make you pay. Defensively, he plays with a similar style not allowing many long receptions.
Newton has a bright future at the next level. Expect big things from this kid in his final prep season as CCC looks to bring home a title.
Favorite player to watch – Cam Newton
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Lucci, Rick Ross
Favorite movies – Paid in Full
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I’m scared of roller coasters.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – Von
Game film: Newton’s Hudl tape
— Jake Perper (@JakePerper) May 27, 2016
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