TCU Visit Opens Newsome's Eyes

Aledo, TX 4-star receiver Ryan Newsome is up to nearly 20 offers. He visited TCU recently and was blown away with the attention he received.

At this same time last year, Ryan Newsome was making his name known in track circles by becoming one of the fastest athletes in the state. The then sophomore made it all the way to the class 4A 100-meter final, the only sophomore to do so.

Football notoriety wasn't there just yet however.

That began to change over the summer after impressive camp stops that saw him time consistently in the 4.4 and even 4.3 range in the forty. Yet, no offers were extended to the speedster.

That changed in mid-September when TCU became the first program to offer Newsome a scholarship. Newsome would go on to have a stellar junior season which saw him tie a national record for punt returns in a season with seven while helping Aledo to a state championship. With each accomplishment on the field, it seemed a new offer would follow.

Now, Newsome is one of the hottest recruits in the nation with close to 20 offers. On the table for the four-star receiver are offers from Arizona State, Baylor,Clemson, Colorado State, Duke, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech and UCLA.

In the last week he has received offers from Notre Dame, California and Kansas State bringing his offer total to sixteen.

"Notre Dame and Cal were big, they offer so many opportunities outside of football," Newsome said. "So, I'm interested in those guys. I'm also learning more about Kansas State as time progresses."

Newsome will visit Texas on Saturday and it's predicted that the Longhorns will be the next program to offer.

It's been a busy off-season for Newsome between track and attending junior days. He attended Texas A&M last month and two weeks ago he visited TCU. It's the first time he had been on a visit to TCU's campus aside from a game or camp.

"I never actually ever been to TCU on a visit and I really liked what I saw," he said. "They showed me the most love out of anyone there I think. They're a great coaching staff with great personalities so they showed a lot of love to those other guys but to be honest, I think they showed me the most love."

Newsome admitted that the experience at TCU's junior day was unlike any other visit he had experienced up to this point in his recruitment.

"Yeah, it really was because I got to be hands on with the coaches and they all talked to me. They told me they love me and my family," he said. "They pulled me out of the player panel and I got to talk to Coach Patterson in his office. It was great; they definitely showed me a lot of love."

Above all, Newsome says while the TCU coaches obviously would like to add him to their 2015 commitment list, he felt no pressure from the staff to make a commitment.

"They didn't and that's what I really like about it; there's been several schools that have pressured me to commit because they really want me," he said. "But TCU, Coach Patterson told me I was one of the main guys they wanted and Coach Cumbie told me the same thing. I also really like Coach Burns; I click with him well. I click with everybody; I can see myself developing a good relationship with everyone."

Newsome is in no rush to make a decision, but says TCU is definitely a school that is and will always be among his favorites until he does make a decision. After all, TCU is the first program to give him the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream.

"They're definitely up there. I sat down with Coach Patterson and we talked for a while and I literally talked with every coach they have," he said. "TCU was the first to offer me and I told Coach Patterson that sometimes it's not always about that but for me it is; to play collegiate ball was my dream and I got an opportunity to play college football and TCU was the first to give me that opportunity."

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