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It was back to Norman for wide receiver Ryan Newsome, making his second visit to OU in as many weeks.

It gets said repeatedly during the recruiting cycle. Once a prospect visits a school, he's not looking to get back for a while because he has seen what he needs to see.

That's not the mindset of Aledo (Texas) High wide receiver Ryan Newsome. Despite visiting Oklahoma two weeks ago for junior day, the four-star wide receiver was back in Norman on Thursday.

Two weeks ago Newsome saw OU with his aunt and uncle. The accomplished goal this time around was to get his parents to check things out.

Heading into the visit, Newsome and his parents had a lot of questions for OU coach Bob Stoops and the rest of the staff. Newsome said they were pleased with all of the answers.

"I got a chance to talk to Coach Stoops for a lot longer today than I did at junior day," Newsome said. "My parents really liked it. They liked the coaches. They liked Coach Stoops, thought he was a real genuine guy."

But the biggest hit might have been OU wide receivers coach Jay Norvell. Newsome said Norvell made a great impression on his parents and the relationship he is building with Norvell is only getting stronger by the day.

OU wanted to send a message to Newsome about how important he is viewed by the coaches. When the Newsome family arrived, starting quarterback Trevor Knight was there to greet them and talk with the family.

"It really was something that meant a lot to me," Newsome said. "We have a lot in common. Our faith is something we really share."

Newsome said after the junior day visit he would be back, and it was obvious he wanted to see a spring practice. With him being on spring break, he couldn't think of a better time to come back. Safe to say he liked what he saw.

"It was intense," Newsome said. "Coach Mike Stoops is the most intense of the entire staff. Me and my dad were watching practice, while my mom was getting an academic tour. Everything looked great, and I love how they use their slot receivers."

Knight talked with Newsome and his family again before they left and said he would stay in contact with Newsome. Newsome said he also made a nice connection with OU junior wide receiver Sterling Shepard.

Newsome has one more trip he wants to make, and it's Friday at Texas Tech. Newsome assured Norvell nothing would happen.

Stephenville (Texas) High four-star quarterback Jarrett Stidham, an OU offer, committed to Texas Tech last weekend and is coincidentally visiting Lubbock once again with Newsome coming to campus. Newsome and Stidham have a great relationship.

Despite the bond, Newsome said a commitment isn't in the plans.

"I told Coach Norvell you don't have to worry about anything," Newsome said. "I'll be coming back again. This was a real productive visit and gave me and my family a lot of clarity."

As much as Newsome loves Norvell, he said he's keeping an eye on the quarterback situation. When he saw Knight, Cody Thomas and Baker Mayfield at practice, he knows that's not a spot he has to worry about.

"With those guys, they're going to be set for a long time," Newsome said. "They're not going to have a problem at quarterback for a while."

Newsome has now visited OU three times since October, also taking an unofficial for OU's home game against Tulsa last September. After the Tech visit, Newsome said he is going to go home and enjoy the rest of his spring break before considering more visits.

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