Newsome, a four-star prospect, had already seen the OU campus multiple times, but he had never been there following a loss like the Sooners 48-14 defeat to Baylor.
The fourth of his five official visits, Newsome was worried how the events of Saturday afternoon would impact the rest of the weekend. He was pleasantly surprised.
“It was the complete opposite of what I thought was going to happen,” Newsome said. “It gave me a different outlook on things. It’s about more than just wins and losses. You’re going to lose, doesn’t matter who you are. All about how you respond. I got to see that resiliency.”
But it might not end all of his visits.
“You can never be too sure,” Newsome said. “I might just decide to sneak up there with nobody knowing it. It’s a huge decision.”
And one OU remains a factor in. Newsome said what stood out this time around was a big heart-to-heart talk with OU coach Bob Stoops. Not really about football but more about life and how you deal with things.
He said he became a lot closer to Stoops and his host, wide receiver Sterling Shepard. Newsome also had no idea how Shepard would be since he didn’t play against the Bears.
“Talking to him, he could tell what kind of a guy I am,” said Newsome about Shepard. “I watched the story on him and his dad and his relationship with Coach Stoops. I’ve gained so much respect for him for what he has had to deal with. He would be a great guy to learn under.”
OU made it pretty clear to Newsome that that’s where it sees him for the future – as the next Shepard.
In a way, Newsome said this visit was the best thing that could happen. Because all visits are great when you win and see the program at its best. This wasn’t one of those weekends, but now Newsome knows what OU is all about.
“You have to turn the page and move on,” Newsome said. “They got a big one next week, and that’s all they were really talking about. I can make a difference when I’m there, I know that.”
This year hasn’t turned out the way OU has been hoping for, but Newsome said you have to look beyond that. He said he’s excited about what the Sooners have on campus going forward and said he knows they’ll be successful in the years to come as well.
But another part of being a top recruit is trying to take it all in with the visits. Every visit is usually incredibly positive, and OU was no exception for Newsome.
“I’m on an emotional high right now and got a lot to think about,” Newsome said. “I really like Oklahoma. But it’s one of those things. Dang, had a great visit there, had a great visit there. Every school has their negatives, too. I just have to go back to my faith when it comes to my decision.
“I won’t waver or second guess myself.”
Newsome has accumulated nearly 2,000 yards of total offense as Aledo hits its playoff run. The Sooners have one wide receiver commit, and it’s obvious Newsome is priority No. 1 for OU at the position and has been for almost a full calendar year.