- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
If running back Terrell Newby (West Hills, Calif./Chaminade) thought the end of the season might mean a well-deserved break, he was mistaken. After an agnonizingly-close 30-28 defeat at the hands of Gardena (Calif.) Serra last weekend, Newby's phenomenal season came to an end. But college coaches wasted no time in setting in-home visits and pushing to hopefully sign Newby this February. Those are the side effects of a 2,307-yard season, complete with 45 touchdowns.
"It's going pretty well, but it's getting kind of hectic," Newby said. "Coaches are in your face every day now and I've been eating a lot more. My mom whips up a lot of food when these coaches come over. Last night we had a whole buffet."
Thus far, Newby has hosted coaches from California, Nebraska and Washington. Oregon and UCLA are the other schools working hard to recruit the the 5-foot-9, 185-pound back.
"It builds a lot stronger relationship with the coaches," Newby said of the in-home visits. "My parents get to touch base and ask questions, and I'm more comfortable asking certain questions at my house."
Having already taken an official visit to Nebraska, Newby would like to take visits to his four remaining options. He scheduled an official to Washington for Jan. 18 and could head to UCLA on Dec. 14, though that date is still up in the air. Oregon would like to bring him in for a January visit and Newby said he still has his eye on the California coaching situation, though he added that the Golden Bears most likely will receive his final visit at the end of January.
The tailback said he doesn't want to wait until signing day to make a decision, and will likely finish the process shortly after his final visit. These trips will do plenty to sway Newby, who plans to do some comparing and contrasting during the visits.
"I've only been on one visit so far, so I want to see what else is out there to compare it to the official to Nebraska," he said. "I want to get down there to see what the players think about it and how it compares."
The future business major is getting a very similar pitch from all five programs about his potential within the various offenses.
"All these schools see me as a do-it-all type of back," he said. "Coaches are telling me I have the whole package. UCLA is saying I can come in and replace Johnathan Franklin. Nebraska said I could replace Rex Burkhead. Washington said I'm an all-around back they can use in the passing game."
Newby will have plenty of options when it comes time to make a decision. But last weekend, before he began to look forward, he forced himself to look back.
Friday night, with Chaminade down by two with one minute remaining in the championship game, it appeared the Eagles recovered an onside kick. But the ball was ruled to have been touched by the recovering player before it went 10 yards, giving Serra the ball and the win. It didn't take Newby long to get home and cue up the DVR.
"I usually don't look at film when we lose," he said. "But I watched it right when I got home. I still think it was a mistake, but you can't take it back. It was hard to look at, but I definitely looked at it."
Newby's next order of business will be putting together a highlight tape from his senior season. He said he was so busy throughout the year, he never had time to gather clips or begin piecing them together. Earlier this week, he sat down for the first time and began sorting through the highlights. With 45 touchdowns and countless spectacular plays to his credit this season, the likely hope for college coaches is that Newby is even able to finish before signing day.