Border State Battle

St. Louis (MO) Parkway North 2012 middle linebacker Donavin Newsom was almost set to be a Missouri Tiger, but an Iowa offer in January made him reassess his plans. Now, he's looking to visit, and knows just who to stay with.

St. Louis (MO) Parkway North 2012 middle linebacker Donavin Newsom was almost set to be a Missouri Tiger, but an Iowa offer in January made him reassess his plans. Now, he's looking to visit, and knows just who to stay with.

"My friends sister goes there and she tells me the atmosphere is great up there football wise and how everyone really gets along with each other," stated Newsom to HawkeyeInsider.com. "She says it's a great place to go to school.

"I'm actually planning on going with my friend and his mom to Iowa City to visit his her. I figured while I was there, I could check out everything, get the non-football tour, and walk around. I want to be able to see what it's like."

The talented junior has started varsity since his freshman season. Last year, he recorded 91 tackles, five sacks, and two interceptions. The 6-foot-2, 220 pound projected linebacker says while he was once settling in on heading to Columbia, things are starting to become a little more even.

"Honestly right now, I don't know who I'm going to choose. I would say Missouri is in the lead, but Iowa is a close second. Iowa isn't close to home, but not far at the same time. It would probably be just those two schools so far that I'm interested in," said Newsom. "I would say Iowa is recruiting me just as hard as Missouri is right now. "

So when can fans expect a decision?

Not as soon as many would have projected a month ago.

"I'm thinking about making the decision in the middle of the season or maybe right at the end of it. I'm thinking that I want to take some visits down the road," said Newsom. "I want a place with fun people, a great atmosphere football wise, and a fun place to be around."

While Iowa and Missouri don't find themselves in as many head-to-head recruiting battles as one would think, the Hawkeyes are likely to use their 2010 Insight Bowl win over Missouri in Newsom's recruitment.

"I'm betting they try to use that game when they talk to me about recruiting. I didn't watch the game, but I definitely heard about it. "

The junior is also a standout athlete in basketball and track.


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