Patience Pays Off For Newsome

Aledo, TX standout Ryan Newsome had waited patiently to receive his first offer. On Wednesday his wait was over as TCU officially offered the 2015 standout.

They say good things come to those who wait. Aledo, TX 2015 prospect Ryan Newsome has remained patient during the recruiting process knowing that logic was correct; eventually good news would come his way.

The wait officially ended on Wednesday as Newsome received his first offer from a BCS program; TCU.

"I was in the weight room doing after-school workouts and my coach asked me if I had got an email and I asked him what he was talking about. He showed me the message and he had been talking with Kenny Perry and I read the message and it said I had been offered," Newsome said. "From there I was just so happy and I hugged my coach. This being my first one, I was so excited."

Immediately upon learning of the offer, Newsome phoned his family to give them the good news. They have all been part of the recruiting journey for Newsome; it's a journey that's likely to heat up even more now that he has his first offer in hand.

"It's great; I called up my parents and let them know. My dad is a teacher at Wedgewood and he just went crazy," he said. "He was in his class when I told him and he just got silent for a minute because this has been a process for me. My brother was also excited and giving all the glory to God; it was a real big deal for my family. Knowing that I'm one step closer to taking care of my parents, it's just gratifying. I give all the glory to God; it's all because of him. It's why all of this is happening."

Newsome first landed on the Frogs' radar after a stellar camp performance at TCU in June. He was regarded as one of the top players in attendance and from the day forth the interest from TCU has remained steady. However, he said the offer did somewhat come as a surprise.

"It was kind of a surprise, I knew they had their eye on me but I knew they also had their eye on some other guys too," he said. "I didn't know when it was going to happen; it was kind of a surprise to me. A lot of colleges are interested in me, but that's just as far as it's gone right now. For them to offer me is just a blessing."

TCU may be his only offer at the moment, but they're not alone when it comes to schools recruiting the 5-foot-9, 165-pound Newsome. It doesn't hurt that he boasts legit 4.4 speed and is one of the most versatile players in Texas for the 2015 class.

"Oklahoma, Florida State and TCU are showing me the most interest," Newsome said. "Oklahoma has had the most contact with me but TCU has had a lot of interest in me since the camp."

Oregon is another program that has inquired on Newsome recently which caught his eye. With his versatility, Newsome feels he is a perfect fit for the Ducks high-octane offense.

"Oregon wanted some game film on me and I really feel that I can be a good fit in their offense," Newsome said. "I love what they're doing down there. Braylon Addison is one guy that I'm often compared to and when I see him play and how they use him, that's how I want to be used in an offense. They're showing a lot of interest in me and Jess Anders, our runningback."

Newsome has given TCU rave reviews in the past and still considers the program among his favorites for a variety of reasons.

"At the camp I got to tour the facilities and just me being around that Christian-based environment is a really big deal for me. When I'm picking my school I want to make sure the environment fits me," he said. "I like the facilities, the environment and the coaches. I like the fact that Gary Patterson is more of a player's coach. As far as being a player's coach and someone that can relate to you, I like that about him."

With his recruitment heating up, Newsome has received invites to games across the country. He's unlikely to make those unofficial visits due to distance but he does plan to catch a couple of TCU games in the near future.

"I've been invited to a bunch of unofficials but they're all out of state; Kansas State, Florida State, Nebraska, Oklahoma invited me back," he said. "I can't really get to the visits I want to get to because they're all so far, but I do plan on going to the TCU-Texas game or TCU-Baylor game."

Newsome has helped Aledo to a 3-0 record and No. 1 ranking in class 4A. On the year Newsome has rushed for 168 yards with one score and added 151 receiving yards and three more scores. He's also passed for 90 yards.

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