OU visit opens Newsome's eyes

The Sooners didn't bring a lot to campus for junior day, but they brought quality with kids like Ryan Newsome.

It wasn't the first time Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome had visited Oklahoma, but from the way he talked, it might as well have been.

Newsome, who made an unofficial visit to Norman during the season, was back on campus Saturday for OU's second junior day.

He was originally scheduled to be there for the first one, but a family engagement kept him from showing up. The wait was worth it for both sides.

"I loved it. I really did," Newsome said. "I didn't know it was that nice. That sounds weird, but it's true. The new dorms. The alumni – I didn't know it was that nice."

Newsome, a four-star wide receiver, has been picking up offers like crazy. Each offer means something to the receiver, and he said he would love to check out all the schools. He probably won't be afforded that luxury, but there's no doubt there will be a return trip to Norman.

The first comparison with Newsome is an obvious one with former OU wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Newsome has heard it plenty of times, doesn't mind it. But the fact he said OU coach Bob Stoops sees the same thing says something.

It's something wide receivers coach Jay Norvell played up as well. OU asked Newsome to arrive a couple of hours earlier than the rest of the crowd for more quality time. Newsome agreed and spent most of it watching film and getting to know the coaches.

"Coach Norvell showed me all his (Broyles') film and all his catches," Newsome said. "I'm compared a lot to him because I'm not a super big guy, either. They really like my dynamic skill set."

Newsome visited in September with his parents but this time around it was with his aunt, uncle and his sister. He is hopeful to return for a spring practice with his parents, but no date has been set.

One thing Newsome brought up repeatedly was the alumni factor at OU and how much the people care about the program.

"They know their football, that's for sure," Newsome said.

That connection was part of the allure for four-star wide receiver Dallis Todd. Following OU's upset win against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, tweets were being sent to Newsome by OU fans like crazy.

Some of those tweets involved or were seen by Todd. Since the Sugar Bowl, Todd and Newsome have developed a nice relationship. And when Newsome asked Todd why he picked OU, the passionate fan base was right up there among the top reasons.

"He said it's a unique place, and he loves the fans," Newsome said. "They take a lot of pride in the program."

OU is no doubt in good shape with Newsome, but it's a marathon and not a sprint. He is hopeful to visit Baylor and UCLA in the next few weeks and is locked in for a trip to Oregon on April 12.

The Sooners are still on his mind because the one thing the junior day visit gave him about the program was clarity. He knows what his role would be, knows he could succeed. No more questions.

"I knew OU was a great program already, but I got to see the interior of the program. The academics and things like that. It's a great tradition."

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