Newsome calls Irish commitment a blessing
Tyler Newsome knew if wanted to earn an offer from Notre Dame, he'd have to be on his A game Friday at the Irish's kicking camp. The Carrollton, Ga. product was just that, and he committed to the Irish less than 24 hours after picking up the offer. "I knew they were going to offer a punter," Newsome said. "I wanted it to be me, and I had a really good day on Friday. I was punting around 45-50 yards with around a 4.7 - 4.9 second hang. I know I punted one with a 5.1 hang." "This has all been a blessing," Newsome said. "I'm excited to be a part of Notre Dame and hopefully compete for and win a national championship while I'm there." Newsome held an offer from Air Force and a preferred walk on spot at Georgia before Notre Dame came calling. "I didn't have a preference before Notre Dame offered," Newsome. "Once they did offer, it was an easy decision. I didn't need much time to sit on it. The combination of academics and football, there's not much more to say, you're not going to find the combination of the caliber of both of those aspects anywhere else." "I called [Notre Dame assistant] Coach (Scott) Booker on Saturday, and he put me on the phone with Coach Kelly," Newsome said. "Coach Kelly said he was really happy to have me." Newsome will compete for both kickoff and punting duties when he arrives to Notre Dame. "I would say my punting game and kickoff game are pretty equal right now," Newsome said. "For punting, if I get a hold of the ball, it can really fly. I also changed my steps a couple weeks ago for kickoffs. Sophomore and junior year, I had 60 touch backs. This year, I'm aiming for 100." Newsome trains under three different professionals on a regular basis - Jamie Kohl, Chris Sailer and Mike McCabe. "I work out regularly with a few different guys," Newsome added. "I'm ranked 6th in the nation in Jamie Kohl's program. He is the one that ran Notre Dame's kicking camp, and he did a great job."
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