Newsome The Next Big Thing In Aledo

Aledo, Texas 2015 receiver Ryan Newsome has landed on several teams' radars this summer.

If you blink, there's a good chance you might miss Aledo's Ryan Newsome. The stud 2015 prospect made the move from Hurst (TX) Bell to Aledo for the second semester of his sophomore year; just in time to make a splash for the Bearcats track team.

Newsome didn't disappoint as he advanced all the way to the class 4A 100-meter finals as a sophomore. Bearcat fans have every reason to be excited to see Newsome's speed transition to the gridiron, where he's expected to play quarterback, runningback and receiver. In other words, the ball will be in his hands as much as possible.

He's already proven that he can handle the workload. While at Bell, Newsome accounted for over 800 yards with 5 scores in 2012; lining up at three different positions.

Although he hasn't received an offer yet, several teams have shown Newsome interest. Among those is TCU, who recently started pursuing the speedster. He attended a TCU camp last Friday and "walked" away as one of the fastest players in attendance.

"It was good, there was a lot of good competition with good and fast guys," he said of TCU's camp. "I was just trying to do my best and just do what I do."

Aside from his impressive 4.4 forty, Newsome also showed an ability to run good routes and catch the football. He was one of a just a handful of receivers held after the camp for further evaluation. According to Newsome, he made an impression on the Frog coaches.

"I talked to Coach Patterson and the receiver coach and they both really liked me," Newsome said. "They talked about my speed but that's everywhere I go; it comes with the territory. They're interested in me, it's really good, and I got some good feedback."

Although he'll likely line up more at quarterback this fall for Aledo, Newsome understands with his 5-foot-9, 175-pound frame that he doesn't fit the typical prototype at quarterback. However, he's grasping the idea of playing receiver even more with his camp performances.

"I've played quarterback all of my life but I'm not really prototype and when you get to college you see a lot of 6-foot-4 and 6-foot-5 guys," he said. "As it goes on, I'm thinking more about receiver. I think I can get open with my quick feet and speed; I can create a lot of separation for myself. I'm starting to like receiver right now."

Newsome has also drawn interest from Baylor, Texas and Texas Tech among others. While he's still a long way from naming any favorites, Newsome admits he grew up a TCU fan and likes the thought of staying close to home.

"Growing up I used to watch LaDainian Tomlinson a lot," Newsome said. "I love TCU, I've always wanted to be close to home; I really don't want to go off, I'm more of a home body. I like the atmosphere, the program, coaches. I really like them."

With impressive camp performances at Texas Tech, Texas and TCU, one would think Newsome could be closing in on his first offer. He's had communications with a few discussing the possibility.

"Coach Applewhite at Texas talked about offering me in the fall and Baylor talked to me about it, Coach Montgomery," he said. "I'm going to their camp on July 17th then I'm also going to go to USC."

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