Texas Tech Offers Aledo Standout

Aledo standout junior athlete Ryan Newsome picked up his second offer of the day Monday night when Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury called him just hours after Clemson offered. Newsome has accounted for 19 touchdowns this season in a variety of ways and is one of the most versatile players in Texas.

Aledo athlete Ryan Newsome picked up his second major offer Monday when Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury called him up.

Clemson also offered Monday to add to a growing list for the junior which includes Baylor, Colorado State and TCU.

"I'm really excited about the Tech offer, I really like the staff," Newsome said. "Coach Kingsbury and coach [Sonny] Cumbie are who I've been talking to a lot. The thing I like about these guys is they have swagger. Kingsbury brought that to the table from Day One when he stepped on campus. I love the uniforms as well."

Newsome is a versatile athlete, capable of taking over games for Aledo, the No. 1 ranked Class 4A team in Texas. The Bearcats move him all over the field to take advantage of his abilities, as Newsome lines up at receiver, running back and quarterback.

The junior is one touchdown away from tying the national record for kick return scores in a season with seven. He's also caught 16 passes for 411 yards, seven scores and rushed for 528 yards and four touchdowns.

Aledo takes on Saginaw Boswell in the area round of the Class 4A Division II Region I area round playoffs 7:30 p.m. Friday at Birdville FA/AC.

Newsome praised his teammates, including the backup and third-string players who have helped the Bearcats roll to a 11-0 start and No. 1 ranking. He's also excited about the opportunity to break the national record.

"I'm second all-time right now in kick returns, one away from the national record and I plan on getting to double-digits by the time it's over," Newsome said.

Newsome added Kingbury invited him to Tech's spring game and he plans on making the trip.

"I have some favorites. It's pretty early in the process, but I like Baylor. Before Tech even offered I was talking to my pops and we like Tech as well. We love TCU. TCU, Baylor and Tech man; really I can see myself playing in all those spots. And Clemson as well."

Newsome also said he has a very clear picture of what he wants in a college and what will be the determining factor for the school who lands him.

"I want to come in and make an impact right away--I don't want to redshirt, that's one thing I don't want to do. I want to make that clear to every coach who has recruited me," Newsome said. "Second thing is the coaching staff and I'm excited about Tech. I've seen how Kingsbury and coach Cumbie enteract with the players and even when they're down, they are calm, cool and collected and that's what I want in a coaching staff. Then it's how I fit in there when I go on my officials.
"The fourth thing and should of been the first thing is a job, a job after if I get hurt like my buddy J Gray [running back Johnathan Gray]. When he got hurt, you know, Texas has him set. He doesn't have to worry about that, so getting my degree is really big, it's something I take pride in and is going to play a really big factor in my recruitment."

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