It didn't take long for Greg Newsome to become a wanted prospect. Over the span of a month, Newsome went from a bit under the radar to one of the top prospects from the state of Illinois.
He had an idea that the offers would eventually come but had no idea that they arrive in such a wild fashion and he admits that he has been a lot to take in.
"I feel so blessed to have the offers that I do and to have actual interest from college coaches," Newsome said. "It really has been a lot to go through. Sometimes you sit and think about when the offers will arrive but when they do, it's like a tornado hit you. I have always dreamed about playing college football, so to know that I have the chance to do so, it makes me feel beyond excited."
One offer he wasn't fully expecting to arrive was Vanderbilt.
Newsome had received some notifications from the Commodores but nothing of any significance. Things began to ramp up last week when he received private messages from the Vanderbilt coaching staff.
After evaluating his film, Vanderbilt called back late last week and extended the 3-star defensive back an official offer.
"I was honestly surprised about the Vanderbilt offer. I had heard very little from them before they offered but I am glad they did. Coach (Jeff) Genyk is the coach who offered and he told me how excited he was about giving me the offer. I was a surprising offer but one I am glad that happened," said Newsome.
The Commodores became the 2nd SEC school, behind Arkansas, to offer Newsome.
Vanderbilt appeals to the Illinois defensive back because of not only their strong academic reputation but also their growing program inside the Southeastern Conference.
"Right now, I am very much open to everyone, so I have nobody ahead of the other," Newsome said. "The Vanderbilt offer is one that really intrigues me. Academics play a big role in my recruitment and I want to go somewhere that has my major in engineering and business. I also want to be somewhere that competes against the best. The SEC is known for being the toughest conference to play in and that's where Vanderbilt resides. I have noticed them doing well down there and I really like how Coach (Derek) Mason is building the program. I am very much interested in them."
Newsome admits to knowing a decent bit about Vanderbilt but not nearly enough. He should learn more about the program once he takes a visit and see's for himself what the Commodores have to offer.
"I know the basic's about Vanderbilt but I really want to learn much more. I will do my own research from home but I also would like to visit down there, see what everything is about and get a feel for myself. I don't know right now when I will visit but I definitely will."
Vanderbilt is not the only school coming hot and heavy after Newsome.
Besides his offer from the Commodores, the 3-star safety also holds offers from Arkansas, Ball St, Bowling Green, Boston College, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Syracuse, Toledo and Western Michigan.
Other programs are interested as well and Newsome feels his offer roulette isn't close to stopping.
"I have talked to so many coaches over the past month that is really hard to keep up with everything. I stay talking with the coaches who have already offered me and I'm also talking with schools who have yet to offer. Duke, Penn State and Stanford are a few new schools that have been talking to me recently. I couldn't say who I think could offer next but I do feel they will continue to come. I am in no rush here. I am enjoying the entire process, even if it can get a bit nuts at times." Newsome said.