“I’m feeling better,” Newsome said. “I’m doing some rehab on it and I will be back by the first game of the season.”
The 5-foot-8, 168-pound athlete’s presence on the field is a big one. After transferring to Aledo last season, Newsome helped lead the program to a state title. He’s eager to repeat that feat in his final season before moving on to college with his teammates.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there with all of them,” he said. “New group, new faces, but we all have the same goal.”
In an effort to minimize the stress that comes along with juggling his senior season and recruiting, Newsome has already set dates for all of his official visits. His first stop will be in Eugene on Sept. 6, when Oregon hosts defending Rose Bowl Champion Michigan State.
“I know that game will be amped up, pretty live,” Newsome said. “There’s great expectations for both teams.”
After that he’ll head to Texas (vs. Baylor on Oct. 4), Tennessee (vs. Alabama on Oct. 25), UCLA (vs. Arizona on Nov. 1) and Oklahoma (vs. Baylor on Nov. 8). Newsome said he enjoys having everything planned out in advance.
“I’m focused on my senior season,” he said. “It’s pretty good to have an idea of where you’re going to be on some weekends. I’m pretty excited about it.”
Still without a leader, Newsome said that all five of his top schools are making him feel wanted and needed.
“That would be an understatement,” he said, laughing. “They make me a priority, all five of the schools, so I really enjoy that. They’re all top-tier programs so to be made a priority at all five is truly a blessing.”
Extremely thankful for the attention, Newsome said that it will make it that much harder to narrow things down and make a final decision when the time comes. Similar to what he did on his initial revision, he plans on respectfully notifying each school that falls out of the running because of the effort they’ve put in recruiting him.
“They all have established and taken time out of their weeks and days to talk to me and see how I’m doing,” he said. “Just to end that and narrow it down is probably the toughest part of the whole deal.”