Newsom is one of the top linebacker prospects in the country. He has the combination of size, speed, strength, and athleticism to make plays all over the field.
Newsom chose Missouri over offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin, among others.
Newsom played on both side of the football for Coach Bob Bunton. He served as team captain during his senior year, and rushed for 280 yards and 4 TDs. On defense, Newsom returned an interception 102 yards for a TD. As a junior, Newsom was his team's MVP, as he rushed for 396 yards and 10 TDs, added 153 yards receiving, and garnered 62 tackles, 5 sacks, and 2 interceptions.
Newsome was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-American Game at Cowboys Stadium in December. An all-around athlete who enjoys playing basketball, Newsom was an All-Conference hoopster his junior year. His parents are Robert and Judy Newsom.
Missouri Assistant Cornell Ford was the primary recruiter on Donavin Newsom.
"Donavin Newsom is a pretty special athlete," said Coach Ford. "He plays on both sides of the ball. He's very good with the ball in his hands. And, he will knock your block off! He's an unbelievable football player!"
Newsom is a quality-character individual who will excel at linebacker for Missouri. He's also a strong candidate to see the field early.
JP's Take: Donavin Newsom is an a tremendous athlete who just happens to play linebacker. He runs like a tailback, and displayed pretty good skills doing that as a high school player. He has great speed and quickness, and has a real nose for the ball. He was a major factor coming on the blitz but could also just as easily cover in pass defense and make plays there. He had several INTs he returned for TDs over his career using his good ball skills and playmaking ability running with the ball to do so. I think with a year in Missouri's system to get bigger,stronger and faster, that the sky is the limit with this future Tiger talent.