He stayed late to talk to several reporters while his family waited with Longhorns running backs coach Tommie Robinson, who he’s told HornsDigest.com is like a “second father.”
Newsome, the No. 26 WR and No. 191 player in the country, didn’t work out at Texas’ “Under The Lights” camp because of a pulled hamstring he tweaked at The Opening. He didn’t have anything to prove to the coaches, though, there were some things they were trying to impress him with.
He, like most recruits, loved the vibe they are feeling with Charlie Strong now on campus.
“For sure, it’s a different kind of feel out here now since Charlie took over,” Newsome said. “The vibe. When my brother and I came down here my sophomore year when I was recruited by Mack, [Brown] is a great guy and everything. I loved the staff. But it was just a different king of feeling, that feeling that it was time for a change. It’s a different kind of vibe out here and I kind of like it.”
It was Newsome’s first visit to UT since he went on a West Coast swing to visit several schools and then compete in The Opening. Two of those schools – UCLA and Oregon – made his top five, which originally consisted of Oklahoma and Notre Dame. He’s recently dropped the Irish for Tennessee.
“I’m basically where I was before,” he said when asked at what stage he was at with recruiting. “I had the top five but knocked Notre Dame out and put Tennessee in. Basically I told Tennessee ‘Look I am going with these five, I hope you understand.’ And they asked me if I was going to commit anywhere. When I told them I wasn’t right now they told me they were going to continue to recruit me. They kept coming after me and are now in my top five.”
All four of those other schools are coming after Newsome incredibly hard, which made this visit all the more important. It’s the last one he will take before he begins taking official visits. Every school on his top five is scheduled to get one, including Texas for the Baylor game on Oct 4.
Knowing this, UT made sure he spent a lot of time watching future Texas QB Zach Gentry in action. Newsome loved what he saw from the long-time Longhorns verbal pledge.
“He’s a big kid but he’s athletic though. He’s a good guy,” Newsome said. “He can throw the ball. He can fit it in there. I can tell he doesn’t get rattled. He didn’t complete this one pass out there and I wanted to see his reaction. He was basically just clapping it up and completed the next ball.”
Newsome said Gentry called him up out of the blue two months ago and heard someone on the phone he wasn’t quite expecting.
“He’s a really humble guy when he could be the cockiest guy in the world,” Newsome said. “But he’s really humble so we get along.”