But when he showed up at a sports bar in Portsmouth, Va., to announce his college choice Tuesday night, it didn't take long to realize which school would be the winner.
The Scout.com four-star quarterback had narrowed his list to Penn State, Virginia Tech and Boston College. But before he made the announcement, it was clear where he would land.
Several family members showed up at Roger Brown's wearing Nittany Lion gear. And the place was packed with Penn State fans.
Following brief comments from his parents, Newsome took the microphone.
First of all, I want to thank God for blessing me with the talent and making this all possible, he said. I want to thank my family for supporting me through all of this. I want to thank everyone who is here for supporting me. Thank you, I appreciate all of you.
Then came the big announcement.
The school that I will be attending in January will be Penn State University, he said.
The crowd broke into a loud round of applause and cheers that lasted more than two minutes.
As things stand, Newsome will be one of only two scholarship quarterbacks on the Penn State roster this spring, joining starter and All-Big Ten pick Daryll Clark. He said the chance to learn from Clark and play early in his career helped steer him toward Happy Valley.
He does not intend to redshirt as a true freshman at Penn State.
That played a roll in my decision, Newsome said. The fact that he is an African-American quarterback who I can learn from had a little bit to do with it. Any football player, especially a quarterback, just has to be excited about going in and helping his team. I am thrilled to have Daryll to lean on and teach me about being the quarterback at Penn State. I am excited to get to campus, meet my new teammates, move into my dorm room and just get going.
I am going to miss my mama and my pops a lot, he added. But I know that once I step onto that field, that's it, I'm going to give everything I have toward leading the Nittany Lions to a Rose Bowl and hopefully a national championship.
The Newsome family.