Teammates McLeod, Newbill Stand Out
By BJ Bennett
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Jacob McLeod and Makenzy Newbill will next help set the tone up front for Southern Effingam as seniors this fall.
Two of the most impressive performers at Saturday's Explosive Southern Pigskin Football Camp in Pooler were from nearby South Effingham High School: Jacob McLeod and and Makenzy Newbill. The teammates were named the position award winners for the offensive and defensive linemen, respectively. Both class of 2018 prospects showed off a current prowess and next-level potential.
At 6'3'', 332 pounds, the size and strength of McLeod certainly stands out. He has a wide frame and sturdy build and shows impressive mobility for an interior lineman. McLeod's abilities were on clear display in position workouts, as he was successful in one-on-one drills by overpowering defenders and keeping them at bay by utilizing solid technique with his hands.
"Overall I feel like I did pretty well, but I can improve on some things," he explained post-camp.
A versatile defender fresh off 109 total tackles for the Mustangs a season ago, Newbill can line up at defensive end or linebacker. Powerful off the edge, he, at 6'1'', 233 pounds, plays with a great lean and leverage. Newbill has a quick burst from the line of scrimmage.
"I thought I competed well with some good competition, but I have more work to do," Newbill added afterwards.
One of the highlights of the afternoon came when McLeod and Newbill went head-to-head, just as they have done countless times in practice. Two of the most impressive physical talents on-site, the teammates brought out the best in each other with other participants often cheering them on. McLeod and Newbill will next help set the tone up front for Southern Effingam as seniors this fall.
"It was fun, I enjoyed it," stated Newbill of facing his friend. "We are both trench warriors."
In addition to their football skills, the two Mustangs have a passion for football and the intensity that come with it.
"I don't like losing, I'm not going to lose," McLeod concluded.
Remember the names McLeod and Newbill as prospects to watch over the coming months.