Maryland verbal commitment Dazz Newsome received a scholarship offer from North Carolina just before Christmas. In the weeks that followed, the cornerback and UNC's coaches settled on an official visit date.
"I'll take my official on the 13th [of January]," Newsome said. "I just want to go there and see how they feel about me and stuff. I also want to see how the campus is."
Newsome, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder from Hampton (Va.), has been committed to Maryland since October. He officially visited College Park in December.
"I really don't know [the status of my commitment]," Newsome said. "Virginia Tech offered and I'm taking an official visit there. I'm also hearing from Auburn and Ole Miss and Michigan. I'm just taking it all in."
A week after returning from Chapel Hill, Newsome is scheduled to officially visit Virginia Tech (Jan. 20). The Hokies might prove to be a bigger obstacle than Maryland considering Newsome's connections to that program. His brother, Deon, is a junior safety for VaTech, while his father, Myron, played for the Hokies in the mid 1990s. Furthermore, his former teammate, Jovonn Quillen, also currently plays in Virginia Tech's secondary.
"[My Virginia Tech connections] are a factor, but then again I still have to think about myself," Newsome said. "I have to think about what program is going to help me and how I need to do well in college."
The x-factor could be Devon Hunter. The five-star safety and Newsome train together and are very close. Hunter officially visited both UNC and Virginia Tech in December.
"Oh yea, we're always talking about going to the same school," Newsome said. "It's not a definite thing, but we're always talking about it. I'm going to take my official on the 20th and then I'm going to go from there."
Newsome's Virginia Tech official visit might not be his final recruiting trip. If any other schools offer, he could take an official visit the weekend of Jan. 27.
When UNC offered Newsome on Dec. 16 it was a long time coming.
"First, they said come to camp and ball out," Newsome said. "I came to camp and did well.
"And then they said I had to get my SAT score right. And then I got my SAT score right and they offered me after that. I had never took the SAT before."
With Hunter supporting him from the sidelines, Newsome camped at UNC in mid-June. There, Newsome worked out under defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.
"It was fun," Newsome said. "[Warren] is a real good coach. I can most definitely see myself being coached by him."
Since then, Newsome and Warren have maintained regular contact through text message.
"He says how they need me and how I can come in there and get early playing time," Newsome said. "He told me they want me to play corner. And then they want me to play punt return."
As a senior for a 12-2 squad, Newsome intercepted two passes and deflected eight others.