Newsome Considering Heels

CHATHAM, Va. --- North Carolina is among the schools strongly under consideration by Kevin Newsome, who is now back on the market after opening up his recruitment.

"With UNC, I really like Coach [John] Shoop – he really knows the game," Newsome said Wednesday at Hargrave Media Day. "Coach [Butch] Davis is a living legend in football.

"UNC is going to be in my top [school list]. They're automatically in my top because of how great Chapel Hill is, the education there, and the coaching staff is just an excellent coaching staff."

Newsome, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound dual-threat quarterback, verbally committed to Michigan in April. However, Tuesday he announced that he had de-committed.

"It was a lot of things [that went into the decision to de-commit]," Newsome said. "My family and I, we talked about it and discussed it a lot… You're going to live there for four years; you want to make sure you make the right decision. You only got one life; you have to make sure you make the right decisions."

Prior to committing to Michigan, Newsome, a Scout.com four-star prospect, had collected approximately 30 scholarship offers. He says he will consider every school recruiting him, including Michigan.

"My family and I talked about it and discussed that and we're opening it all the way up," Newsome said. "We're going to look on the internet, do our research even harder this time, and see what we come up with."

For the time being, Newsome is putting recruiting on the backburner as he focuses on the coming football season.

Newsome transferred into Hargrave Military Academy from Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch High School to improve the quality of his competition and the talent around him. Despite being a high school senior, he'll start at quarterback for the post graduate team.

"Kevin is very intelligent [and an] outstanding quarterback," Hargrave's PG head football coach Robert Prunty said. "After a team develops his quarterback skills – as far as technique goes – Kevin will be one of the top quarterbacks in the country."

For Western Branch last fall, Newsome passed for 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for over 500 yards and 11 scores.

Newsome plans to start to consider campus visits in roughly a month.

While he isn't completely sure when he'll make a verbal commitment, Newsome says he will take all five of his official visits before making any decisions.

"In a perfect world, [an announcement] might be in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl," Newsome said. "But I don't know. We'll have to see."

Newsome said he is looking to attend a school with an excellent business program, as well as a solid football program that implements a pro-style offense.

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