Arkeel Newsome named to 50th Annual Parade All-American team

Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome (center) posing with fellow Parade All-Americans Will Grier of North Carolina (MVP) and Jabril Peppers of New Jersey in a ceremony in New York City Friday.

Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome (center) posing with fellow Parade All-Americans Will Grier of Davidson Day school in North Carolina (MVP) and Jabrill Peppers of Paramus Catholic of New Jersey during a ceremony in New York City Friday. (Photo: Tom Brockett)

Ansonia's Arkeel Newsome  with Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmett Smith at the Hall of Fame Luncheon New York. Newsome was honored with Will Grier and Jabrill Peppers for their selection to the Parade All-American team. (Photo: Tom BrocketT)

Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome with Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmett Smith at the Hall of Fame Luncheon New York. Newsome was honored with Will Grier and Jabrill Peppers for their selection to the Parade All-American team. (Photo: Tom Brockett)






Ansonia’s Arkeel Newsome had never been to New York City.

On Friday, he took his first trip in style.

Newsome, Connecticut’s all-time leading rusher, was named to the 50th annual Parade All-American team Friday. He is the 19th Connecticut player to make the team.

The senior, who will sign his letter of intent to attend UConn on a football scholarship on Wednesday, was one of three Parade All-Americans to be honored at the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon in Manhattan.

“Obviously, we’re real excited,” coach Tom Brockett said. “Just when you think Arkeel’s career can’t get any better with all the accolades he’s won, he gets honored with something special like this. Not too many guys can say they were a Parade All-American.”

Parade selects 57 players, including 13 members on offense, 13 on defense and 31 honorable mentions. The magazine has been publishing All-American teams since 1963.

Newsome, one of just three running backs named to the first team, was joined by Parade Player of the Year Will Grier, a quarterback out of Davidson Day School in North Carolina who is committed to Florida, and Jabrill Peppers, the Michigan linebacker recruit out of Paramus Catholic in New Jersey.

The three were introduced as Parade All-Americans to a room full of Hall of Fame players.

“They drove us down Thursday night and put us up in a nice hotel,” Brockett said. “It was his first trip to New York City and we got to drive around and see some of the sights.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They couldn’t have treated him any better.”

Cincinnati Bengals’ Hall of Fame lineman Anthony Munoz introduced Newsome. Afterward, Newsome spoke with the Hall of Famers, including former Cowboys running back Emmett Smith, who was a Parade All-American out of Pensacola, Florida’s Escambia High School in 1986.

Smith ran for 8,804 yards in his high school career. Newsome finished with 10,672 yards for his career, the ninth high school football player in American history to go over 10,000 yards.

“The Hall of Famers were jabbing Emmett because Arkeel passed his career rushing records,” Brockett said. “All of the Hall of Fame guys got up and told personal stories. It was a real cool setting. Arkeel took it all in.”

Newsome ran for 3,867 yards on 333 carries and scored 68 total touchdowns in his senior year. His 187 total touchdowns rank third all-time in Connecticut.

Newsome was the team MVP for the Walter Camp Connecticut All-State team, the New Haven Register All-State team and was a first-team selection for the CHSCA All-State team.

He was also named to MaxPreps’ Small School All-American team with Grier.

The All-American team will be published in Sunday’s Parade magazine and at

The 2014 Parade All-American Team

Name Pos. High School College* Ht. Wt.
Will Grier QB Davidson Day (Davidson, NC) Florida 6-3 190
Arkeel Newsome RB Ansonia (Ansonia, CT) UConn 5-8 185
Leonard Fournette RB St. Augustine (New Orleans, LA) LSU 6-1 225
Elijah Hood RB Charlotte Catholic (Charlotte, NC) North Carolina 6-0 225
Trey Quinn WR Barbe (Lake Charles, LA) LSU 6-1 200
Josh Malone WR Station Camp (Gallatin, TN) Tennessee 6-3 190
Cameron Robinson OL West Monroe (West Monroe, LA) Alabama 6-6 320
Ross Pierschbacher OL Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, IA) Alabama 6-4 290
Damien Mama OL St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) Uncommitted 6-4 370
Damian Prince OL Bishop McNamara (Forestville, MD) Uncommitted 6-5 295
Rod Taylor OL Callaway (Jackson, MS) Ole Miss 6-4 305
Nic Weishar TE Marist (Chicago, IL) Notre Dame 6-5 225
Devin Voorhies UTIL Wilkinson County (Woodville, MS) LSU 6-2 185
Lorenzo Carter DL Norcross (Norcross, GA) Uncommitted 6-5 235
Andrew Brown DL Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) Virginia 6-4 290
Myles Garrett DL James Martin (Arlington, TX) Texas A&M 6-5 250
Da’Shawn Hand DL Woodbridge (Woodbridge, VA) Alabama 6-4 260
Rashaan Evans LB Auburn (Auburn, AL) Uncommitted 6-3 220
Raekwon McMillan LB Liberty County (Hinesville, GA) Ohio State 6-2 245
Christian Miller LB Spring Valley (Columbia, SC) Alabama 6-3 225
Dante Booker Jr. LB St. Vincent-St. Mary (Akron, OH) Ohio State 6-3 215
Tony Brown DB Ozen (Beaumont, TX) Alabama 6-0 185
Marlon Humphrey DB Hoover (Hoover, AL) Uncommitted 6-1 175
Jabrill Peppers DB Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ) Michigan 6-1 205
Adoree’ Jackson UTIL Serra (Gardena, CA) Uncommitted 5-10 170
Cole Hedlund K/P Argyle (Argyle, TX) Arkansas 5-10 170
John Wolford QB Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville, FL) Wake Forest 6-1 210
Shuler Bentley QB Byrnes (Duncan, SC) Old Dominion 6-1 195
Luke Rubenzer QB Saguaro (Scottsdale, AZ) California 6-0 190
Patrick Mahomes QB Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) Texas Tech 6-3 200
Mason Rudolph QB Northwestern (Rock Hill, SC) Oklahoma State 6-4 215
Nick Chubb RB Cedartown (Cedartown, GA) Georgia 5-11 220
Tre Watson RB Centennial (Corona, CA) California 5-9 190
Royce Freeman RB Imperial (Imperial, CA) Oregon 6-0 230
Racean Thomas RB Oxford (Oxford, AL) Auburn 5-11 195
Christian McCaffrey RB Valor Christian (Highlands Ranch, CO) Stanford 6-0 195
Dalvin Cook RB Central (Miami, FL) Florida State 5-11 190
K.D. Cannon WR Mount Pleasant (Mount Pleasant, TX) Baylor 6-0 170
Bryce Dixon TE St. Bonaventure (Ventura, CA) USC 6-4 225
Matt Bushman TE Sabino (Tucson, AZ) BYU 6-5 215
Viane Talamaivao OL Centennial (Corona, CA) USC 6-3 310
KC McDermott OL Palm Beach Central (Wellington, FL) Miami 6-6 300
Quenton Nelson OL Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, NJ) Notre Dame 6-5 295
Deshaun Watson UTIL Gainesville (Gainesville, GA) Clemson 6-3 190
Desmon White UTIL DeSoto (DeSoto, TX) TCU 5-8 160
Antonio Simmons DL University Christian (Jacksonville, FL) Georgia Tech 6-4 210
Cory Jones DL Archbishop Carroll (Washington, DC) Toledo 6-3 210
Darius Slade DL Montclair (Montclair, NJ) Nebraska 6-5 240
Clifton Garrett LB Plainfield South (Plainfield, IL) LSU 6-2 230
Chandler Leniu LB St. John Bosco (Bellflower, CA) Uncommitted 6-1 230
Tre Williams LB St. Paul’s Episcopal (Mobile, AL) Auburn 6-3 220
Rashaan Gaulden DB Independence (Thompson’s Station, TN) Tennessee 6-2 180
Quin Blanding DB Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) Virginia 6-2 200
Todd Kelly Jr. UTIL Webb School (Knoxville, TN) Tennessee 6-1 190
Budda Baker UTIL Bellevue (Bellevue, WA) Oregon 5-10 175
Will Dissly UTIL Bozeman (Bozeman, MT) Boise State 6-4 250
Justin Jackson UTIL Glenbard North (Carol Stream, IL) Northwestern 5-11 180
*College selections are subject to change.


  1. Football fan says

    Congratulations Arkeel! You have set a standard that all young football athletes will try to emulate. Good luck at the next level, and always stay humble.

    • Sean Patrick BowleySean Patrick Bowley says

      All I know is there were 19 according to Parade.

      We thought Hernandez might have been, but I see no mention of Parade in his (now extensive) bios.

  2. Ksoldra says

    1963 Anthony Proto End Wilbur Cross CT
    1964 Dan DeVito RB Stamford CT
    1967 Bobby Valentine RB Rippowan CT
    1974 Anthony Brown RB Xavier CT
    1975 Paul Matasavage Lineman Holy Cross CT
    1978 Sandy Osiecki QB Ansonia CT
    1980 Edwin Esson RB Seymour CT
    1984 David Thompson QB Madison Hand CT
    1987 Mark Allen WR/TE Trumbull CT
    1990 Forrest Conoly Lineman Berlin CT
    1992 Adam Salina LB Berlin CT
    1994 Tony Ortiz LB Crosby CT
    1995 Ian McIntosh Athlete Cheshire CT
    1995 Rahshon Spikes RB Maloney CT
    1996 Billy (Dee) Greenwood DB King & Low -H. Thomas CT
    2000 Anttaj Hawthorne Lineman Hamden CT
    2002 John Sullivan Lineman Greenwich CT
    2006 Aaron Hernandez WR Bristol Central CT
    2013 Arkeel Newsome RB Ansonia CT

  3. Coach Book says

    I have had the privlige to coach Arkeel when he played pop warner and i would like to say he is the most humble person i know and works very hard at his craft. We are very proud of you Kellz keep up the great work. Greatness is your Destiney…… And remember ” Hustle Hard Hit Hard “

    • FA says

      Ansonia does not have pop warner…NOTHING against the kid, great kid, great player – awesome player. Now the comment below about best player and best program, I agree with the first – GREAT PLAYER…the second comment about the best program. The best program must have a program built on integrity and a respect for the rules. They beat the system, bottom line.

  4. Dan says

    Poor kid he’s confused doesn’t know where he lives. Come on he lives in Ansonia right coach. Hell when I was 20 I didn’t know where I lived either than again I was in college by than.

    • PapaDags says

      Who cares???? Ignorance wants to keep taking shots at the best HS RB in the state in a very, very long time. Not to mention the best HS football program in the state for even longer….PLAIN & SIMPLE…

      • FA says

        Plain and Simple…LOL

        We are ignorant – look in the mirror. In life there are consequences for your actions…but not in the valley, not in Ansonia. I hope Arkeel grows and learns from this. Uconn cant do what Ansonia did, NCAA does not care, rules are rules there.

        • PapaDags says

          What rule is it you are referring to??? Is it that a Wtby native had family in Ansonia and chose to live with them so he can get out of Wtby and attend a better school system and play for a premier football program.. If that’s the rule you’re referring to then the kid made the best decision of his life.

          • Tom Cat says

            PapaDags,The only family he has in Ansonia is his cousin the qb at Ansonia,and his uncle who is on the coaching staff.As far as integrity and respect for the rules.FA might have been talking about the kid living in a house owned by one of the coaches,and i’m sure not paying full rent.What does his uncle get paid for coaching? And is that for his coaching ability or who he is able to bring with him? And if im not mistaken,when the Dobbs kid was in the paper a shortly after he graduated, wasn’t his address HAMDEN.And from what I here from kids who played back then is that the head coach picked him up for school everyday. INTEGRITY???

    • tom cat says

      George? what the heck does that have to do with it? Here’s the answer,because its not illegal to teach in another town but it is illegal to go to Ansonia when you leave in another town unless you pay for it. Grow up? George get a clue.

          • tom cat says

            JD your so right,but who checks guardianship in Ansonia? The asst. principle who’s been coaching there for 30 years? Do they want people to believe that the uncle who is on the coaching staff has guardianship of newsome and the qb? So you can write any address you want,you still have to live with legal guardian.Dobbs mother never gave up guardianship and she lived in Hamden since Dobbs was in 8th grade.Sean,not only are they breaking rules in Ansonia they’re breaking laws.Sean I just think its bad for high school sports that a program will go this far to win.


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