California high schools would know better than anybody what it takes to play in the Pac-12, especially on defense. Speed and mobility in space are key to surviving the Wild West offense, and Chase Newman has both of those in spades. As a linebacker, he tackles violently and hits hard. As a linebacker, he also covers well and roams the middle of the field. Newman is a baller.
Chase comes to Colorado from La Mirada High School in Southern California, a perennial high performer formerly coached by Forever Buff Mike Moschetti, who resigned this offseason. He started the past two years on a dominant Matador defense, and was one of a few highly recruited defensive performers at La Mirada. Newman is choosing CU over multiple Pac-12 schools, and he’ll play early and often.
Open. Field. Tackling. Chase Newman brings it. His tape shows incredible comfort being 1-on-1 with a receiver or a running back in the open field and Newman wins those battles. He has the speed to cover the middle of the field and guard crossing routes, but he also has the physicality to shade tight ends and bring some hurt to the run game. He plays vertical on the field, something that I love to see in linebackers. He doesn’t wait for the ball-carrier to make a move and then react, he attacks the ball. A welcome addition to the linebacking corps.