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Newsome, Highsmith weighing gridiron options.

POSTED January 31, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: According to published reports, two local football superstars are back in the spotlight after outstanding 2013 years.

The first, All-World running back Arkeel Newsome, was in New York today being honored at a Hall of Fame luncheon after being named one of three Parade All-Americans.

Newsome, who we will certainly miss on the high school sidelines come September but may see at the University of Connecticut, ran for over 10,000 yards in a stellar career for the Ansonia Chargers that saw him make a home in the end zone some 187 times.

While he has not formally signed with the Huskies yet, a decision as to whether he will honor his verbal commitment should come soon.

Meanwhile, junior quarterback Dario Highsmith from Middletown High School, who earned the prestigious Gatorade Player of the Year honors for his stellar season that saw his Dragons make an appearance in the state semi-finals this year, is weighing his options.

With one year to go, the phone has begun to ring from many East Coast schools, including UConn.

Highsmith rushed for 2768 yards and 35 scores this past fall and threw for 930 and 11 touchdowns.

Ironically, Newsome won the Gatorade award in his junior year as well.

Both players may end up playing their college ball in East Hartford, a bonus for any of us lucky enough to see them play in high school.

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