Newsome says he's solid with Oregon

Aledo (Tex.) wide receiver Ryan Newsome discusses where Oregon stands amongst the crowded field of programs that have offered him and where he will take two of his official visits.

With 30 offers already, four-star Aledo wide receiver Ryan Newsome will have plenty of choices when it comes time to make a decision.

Oregon is hoping it will be one of the schools that is in the running when the 5-foot-9, 170-pound wide receiver makes his choice, which should come early next year. Right now, the Ducks seem to be in good shape.

"They fit in really good actually," Newsome said. "They made me a priority early on awhile back and have been on me ever since."

Newsome said he feels solid with Oregon right now. Wide receivers coach Matt Lubick and offensive coordinator Scott Frost have both made their pitch to the talented junior during the evaluation period. "Coach [Matt] Lubick came and Coach [Scott] Frost came and told me how much they really want me there," Newsome said. "They told me I was a top target for a scholarship position."

Described as a De'Anthony Thomas type with a bigger frame, Newsome's speed would be an asset in Oregon's up-tempo system and that fact isn't lost on either party.

"They think very highly of me and the feeling is mutual," Newsome said.

In addition to playing difference maker at wide receiver, Newsome is also a huge threat on special teams. Last season, he returned seven punt for touchdowns, one short of the national record. Because of that he's drawn comparisons to former college standouts such as Tavon Austin and Brandin Cooks.

"It was weird because Scott Frost compared me to Brandin Cooks and Coach Lubick compared me to Tavon Austin," Newsome said. "Brandin Cooks is a guy I'm actually pretty close with. I've developed a relationship with him over a period of time and I think I'm most similar to him."

Next week, Newsome will embark on a west coast swing that will see him visit USC, UCLA and Oregon. Already booked for The Opening in July, he plans on visiting two SEC schools during the summer before starting his official visits in the fall.

"I'll probably hit Tennessee sometime in July, and Alabama, but that'll be it" Newsome said. "I know I've set an official to Notre Dame already and I've actually set an official to Oregon. I can't put my finger on what game it was but I've set an official."

The Notre Dame visit will take place the weekend they take on Michigan, something Newsome is eager to see in person. As of right now, he claimed he doesn't have any favorites, but he did mention that he's planning on narrowing down his choices soon.

"I should be coming out with a Top 10 in a couple of weeks," Newsome said. "I don't think anyone will have a fair warning, I'll just throw it out there."

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