Jameel Sewell: Groh’s Kind of Guy

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Jameel Sewell

Jameel Sewell

  • Quarterback
  • 6-3, 196 pounds
  • Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA)
  • TheSabre.com Top 30: 15
  • Rivals rank: 3 star; #20 dual-threat quarterback
  • Scout rank: 3 star; #35 quarterback
  • Primary Recruiter: Mike Groh

Al Groh likes his players to be tough, smart and focused. With Hermitage High quarterback and Colonial District Player of the Year Jameel Sewell , Groh’s getting all that and more.

Tough? You bet. Sewell started as at safety in high school in addition to his quarterback duties, and he proved he could deliver hits as well as take them.

“I saw him compete and play in the secondary at [Virginia’s] camps and of course he played in the secondary all season for Hermitage,” said Highland Springs head coach Steve Burton, whose Springers defeated Hermitage in the Division 6 Central Region title game in 2004. “When you first see him out there, you think they’re hiding him on defense because they don’t have anybody else and he’s there to be a type of safety valve. But it wasn’t that way. He made plays and I think that speaks to Jameel’s competitive nature.”

Groh noticed the same thing while evaluating Sewell as a prospect. “He’s got a good competitive side to him,” said UVa’s head coach.

Sewell says he admires tough quarterbacks like Brett Favre and Steve McNair. “I like their fight,” he said. “They go through so many injuries and never miss a step, never miss a beat. Brett Favre lost his father and had to go the next day and play a game.”

Smart? Oh yes. Sewell wants to be a sports medicine major and he clearly understands the dedication required to take on such a demanding major as a student-athlete. “I never back down from a challenge,” he said. “My father used to tell me go at it like you want it.”