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Sun Devils land Texas wide receiver transfer Ryan Newsome

Arizona State added to its future wide receiver corps Friday with a player who is also a potential special teams standout.

Texas wide receiver transfer Ryan Newsome announced Saturday via twitter his intent to immediately transfer to Arizona State. 

Newsome must sit out the 2016 season per NCAA transfer guidelines, which he can use as a redshirt season. He will then have three years of remaining eligibility. 

"My situation was just one where all my coaches at Texas left, all the coaches who recruited me left and the scheme changed," Newsome said following the decision. "I didn't really feel like I fit so I had to make a move. It wasn't a no-brainer for me. I was looking at Michigan State and Alabama. But when I saw what they had going on here, with coach (Todd) Graham being from Allen (Texas) or more specifically Mesquite, which is a rough area, there are things I can relate to.

"They want to use me in the slot and come in and compete right away next season with the other guys. They told me I'm a mature guy mentally and physically. Coach Graham liked how I was put together. They knew that when they offered me. They think I fit the slot and can do punt return as well. (Special teams) coach (Shawn) Slocum, I'm very excited about him with all the guys he's coached, Dante Hall, Randall Cobb. The resume speaks for itself. So this is the most excited I've been about special teams. I tied the national record in high school for returns."

"But receiver is what I want to do. I love receiver and that's kind of why I ended up leaving," Newsome said. "I felt the way I wanted to be used, it wasn't going to be maximized. The way I was going to get the ball (at Texas), it was going to be a lot different. It wasn't a lot of route running. They wanted to really get me the ball in space. I was like I've got to be able to do certain things to show the next level that I can be man press, run good routes, that's the difference between fourth round pick, second round pick, first round pick. It makes a great difference." 

Newsome, 5-foot-8, 184 pounds, played in seven games as a true freshman for the Longhorns as a true freshman in 2015. He had four catches for 23 yards and had six kickoff returns for 110 yards.

In his lone season at Texas, Newsome's wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator was Jay Norvell, who is now coaching wide receivers for the Sun Devils. In 2014, Norvell was at Oklahoma, where he also recruited Newsome out of Aledo High School in Aldeo, Texas, a Dallas-Fort Worth area suburb. 

"He offered me at Oklahoma and I visited there more than any other school when I was getting recruited," Newsome said. "So then he took over at Texas and became the offensive coordinator so he had a lot of things on his plate and he was trying to balance coaching receivers and being coordinator. But we have a great relationship and that's going to just carry through now at Arizona State."


Michigan State was the other finalist for Newsome, who visited East Lansing, Michigan, last week and Tempe this weekend. A former Scout300 recruit who ranked No. 193 overall and No. 26 at the wide receiver position in the 2015 class, Newsome made his decision at the conclusion of his ASU visit. 

"When I transferred there was a lot of stuff going through my head and it was kind of a scary deal too. You don't know what programs will come after you. I had 45 offers in high school and a lot of those programs had moved on. You don't know what their situation is, their depth chart is different. I was just hoping for anybody to take a look at me and I didn't really know who would. But the SEC came, the Pac-12. I was surprised but I was excited and honored. There's so many question marks. Why did he transfer? Was he not good enough at the previous school? 

"The new Texas coaches felt like I was really explosive and could help, but at the capacity that I wanted to, I don't think it was really there. Just the way I wanted to be used, schematically, I felt like I should take my talent to somewhere else. A big deal for me was I don't have time to waste and at the capacity I want to use my talent, I should be able to do that because so many schools offered me. I've got three years to ball and have to be productive and ball on every level so I can show what I can do and play at that next level."

At Aledo High School Newsome reportedly received scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas A&M and many other programs. ASU offered as well, with offensive line coach Chris Thomsen involved in the recruitment. Newsome ultimately officially visited Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Tennessee and UCLA.

Newsome committed to UCLA before ultimately signing with Texas. Now he's going to be a Sun Devil.

Newsome returned to Texas after his visit but is expected to be back in Tempe in the next week or so for camp and the start of the fall semester. 

"A week before I came down here I talked with Daythan Davis who I played with at Aledo. He goes to Southern Miss and played (fullback) for coach Lindsey there last year, and Daythan told me what it was like to play for him. I think coach Lindsey wanted me to hear from a player. So I thought that was special. It was ironic how it worked out, with coach Lindsey going to Arizona State and Daythan playing for him at Southern Miss.

"When I decided to transfer and Arizona State offered, their players really reached out to me and let me know I was wanted there. Tim White, Brady White, Manny Wilkins, Ellis Jefferson. They all got on me and that was really appreciated." 


White, White, Wilkins, Jefferson. They all got on me. 

Chris Thomsen offered in high school. 

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