Virginia QB Eyes PSU

Quarterback Kevin Newsome made his second trip up to Penn State this past Saturday to see the Nittany Lions take on Ohio State. The 2009 prospect figures to be the next highly recruited passer out of the Chesapeake, Va., area. Find out what Newsome thought of his visit and where Penn State stands.

Chesapeake, Va., quarterback Kevin Newsome has been catching eyes all over the southern Virginia area this fall with his stellar play and athleticism. Newsome has been targeted by 35 schools thus far this fall and Penn State seems to be the hottest team on his list.

“I have one written offer, from Virginia Tech, so far,” Newsome said. “I expect to get offered by Penn State in January as well as Oregon, Stanford and Duke. Right now I am getting letters from about 35 different schools so I am just taking it in.”

Newsome has made a few trips for camps and combines in the past year, but Penn State has been his only destination for game days this fall.

“I was up at Penn State for the Notre Dame game in September,” Newsome said. “My dad and I decided that we wanted to get up to another Penn State game after that, and who better to see them play than Ohio State?

“The game atmosphere was great,” Newsome said. “The fans were all going crazy and it really got loud in there. The game didn't turn out the way they wanted, but you can't win them all. They really showed a lot of heart to keep fighting in that game, they never gave up.”

Newsome was able to speak to some of the coaches on the sideline prior to the game and even a few recruits on hand.

“I spoke with Coach Jay Paterno, Coach (Kermit) Buggs, and Coach Mike (McQueary),” Newsome said. “I also saw Tate Forcier, the quarterback from California who was out there. I knew him from a few combines and we talk on the phone from time to time. We are actually pretty good friends.”

After the game, Newsome still was hesitant to name a leader, but he obviously had interest in Penn State.

“I don't really want to name a leader or anything,” Newsome said. “I'm just concentrating on my season right now. We have the playoffs coming up next week. I get letters every day, but I really haven't had a chance to go through everything yet. I honestly haven't been thinking about schools. I'm going to concentrate on our team's success in the playoffs and when that is done I'm going to work like crazy to get ready for the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January in San Antonio.”

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Newsome has been a big part of his Western Branch High's success this season despite the running attack being the focus.

“We are a running team, so my passing stats aren't up there with some other guys',” Newsome said. “I have about 20 touchdowns on the season, but it's not about stats for our team.”

Newsome also has friends and even a relative that he plans on talking with about his college decision when it comes down to that time.

“I have a few friends that are going through this as well,” Newsome said. “Our wide receiver, Jevonte Sparrow, has been hearing from a lot of schools. I am also pretty close with wide receiver Logan Heastie from Great Bridge High. He is an outstanding talent. We have been talking pretty seriously about trying to go to the same school.

“My brother is going to be pretty good by the time he is coming out,” Newsome said. “His name is Kevon Newsome. He is about 6-3, 235 pounds right now as a sophomore and he plays defensive tackle. He has some size to put on, but our coaches run us a lot so he hasn't had much luck adding the weight yet. To be honest, he is probably going to go wherever I go to college.”

Look for more on Newsome in the coming months as more offers come in and he prepares for the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio.


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