Scout.com caught up with Aledo (Texas) four-star receiver Ryan Newsome at Tuesday's Team USA U19 practice as it prepares for Saturday's International Bowl contest vs. Canada at AT&T Stadium.
Newsome committed Jan. 23rd to UCLA, picking the Bruins over Texas in a decision that took place before hundreds of spectators at Aledo High School's auditorium. That decision obviously was a tough one as Newsome paused before picking up the UCLA hat, a choice that seems to be an unpopular one with some people close to him.
Despite the commitment, Newsome has continued to receiver attention from Texas. Here's what Newsome had to sign on National Signing Day Eve:
RYAN NEWSOME: I'm still committed. It's kinda crazy right now, as you know, with signing day coming up. But, I don't know, man. It's a lot of pressure right now for reasons everybody pretty much knows, but time is pretty much up. I've got a big decision to make tonight. I'm looking forward to it, though. Just ready for it to be over.
NEWSOME: Coach Mora, he's on me every day. Coach (Eric) Yarber and Coach (Noel) Mazzone. The'yre just saying, "Stay with us." Stuff like that. On the other side, coach Norvell is full-court, the whole staff. Norvell, from top to bottom, coach Strong to the director of player personnel. They're on me really hard.
NEWSOME: Right now, I don't even know. I'll let somebody know what it is tonight as far as what I'm gonna do. I don't wanna leave anybody on either side to be surprised. I don't think that's fair to them, so I'm gonna do it that way. Man, it's been just tough ever since I committed to kinda block out everything. It's been really hard to do that, but I'll be all right.
Newsome capped his high school career a state championship as Aledo won the Texas Class 5A Division I crown, the Bearcats fifth state title in the past six seasons. Newsome caught 54 passes for 1,073 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 470 yards and seven touchdowns on 8.2 yards per carry.
Scout ranks the 5-foot-8, 168-pound speedster as the nation's No. 26 receiver and No. 193 overall prospect in the 2015 class. He also ranks as the No. 4 receiver in the Lone Star State's senior class.