UNC Among Newsome's Visits

Intrigued by the consistent contact and the sneak peak they received during a game last fall, Kevin Newsome and his father, Kevin Sr., made North Carolina one of their first unofficial stops of the spring.

"We wanted to check back, get out there and get to meet the staff, and see the campus a little more," Kevin Sr. said.

Newsome, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, is a Scout.com four-star prospect and the No. 5-ranked quarterback in the nation. For Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch last fall, Newsome passed for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for over 500 yards and 11 scores.

During their stay, which occurred roughly a month ago, the Newsomes were able to get a close look at how the team operated. They witnessed a full spring practice and also sat in on a quarterback meeting.

"[Kevin] was excited about it," Kevin Sr. said. "As a matter of fact, it was pretty interesting how things turned out. We thought, of course, it's a very beautiful campus. One thing that really caught our interest, of course, was the whole new program with Butch Davis and his staff. So it was really interesting getting down there and actually getting to see everything in progress."

Moreover, the Newsomes received plenty of opportunities to speak in-depth with Davis, UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach John Shoop, and Newsome's primary recruiter Kenny Browning.

"One thing that they've expressed to us is that they want to recruit the best players and they like Kevin's mobility," Kevin Sr. said. "They want to recruit the best players, because they want good competition so that everybody can stay at the highest level of play. We were glad to hear that, because that's what makes for a better team."

That same afternoon, fellow Virginia quarterback Bryn Renner also unofficially visited UNC. Renner verbally committed before leaving campus.

"They've continued to recruit Kevin and let us know that they would still love to have Kevin," Kevin Sr. said.

However, Renner's pledge could hinder UNC's chances.

"We haven't necessarily counted anybody out," Kevin Sr. said. "It does leave food for thought, but I won't go so far as to say that it has excluded them."

Still in the investigation stages, Newsome isn't anywhere close to naming favorite schools. His offer list currently stands at North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Stanford, UConn, Northwestern, West Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland, Duke, Michigan and South Florida.

"We just started, so we're still wide open for right now," Kevin Sr. said. "He has some ideas about what we would like to see, but we haven't locked down on a school or an offensive system just yet. We're still keeping our eyes open and mind open to everything."

Kevin Sr. isn't sure when his son will announce a favorites list. He would, however, like the younger Kevin to make a verbal commitment before the end of the summer.

After visiting UNC, the Newsomes made it over to Duke to speak to the new coaching staff. Additionally, this past weekend the Newsomes unofficially visited Michigan.

This coming weekend the Newsomes will fly to Chicago to unofficially visit Northwestern and Illinois.

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