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.
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 Parade.com.
The 2014 Parade All-American Team
|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|
|HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE|
|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|
|HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE|
|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.|