Since early October, Hampton (Va.) three-star athlete Dazz Newsome has been committed to Maryland. But on Tuesday, a familiar school entered the mix with an offer.
Newsome’s brother, Deon Newsome plays for Virginia Tech and his father, Myron Newsome, played for the Hokies in the mid 1990s. Now, Virginia Tech has given him an offer that in many ways, he’s been waiting on for some time.
It’s not definitive that Newsome will flip his commitment. It’s clear, though, that the Hokies are now firmly in contention.
“It felt real good knowing I can be on the field with my brother and play with Jovonn Quillen,’ my former teammate,” Newsome said. “Knowing my dad went there, it felt good to keep going what he did there. I’m still in the process of thinking on that one.”
Newsome said he likes the idea of finally playing on the same field as his brother. Because of their age difference, it hasn’t happened too often.
“It would mean a lot to play with him,” the younger Newsome said. “I’ve never been able to play on the same day. Every time I’d go up, he’d leave. I practiced with him, when I was on JV, for varsity. Then, in rec league, he’d leave when I moved up and practiced with him. I never got to play in a game with him.”
Newsome has been in contact with the Virginia Tech staff since his brother went through the recruiting process. But assistant coach Zohn Burden has developed a strong one as well, even when an offer wasn’t there yet.
“He told me they had been wanting to me, but they already gave out too many offers,” Burden said. “He told me they’re gonna offer some and people are gonna transform, so they’ve got more scholarships now. I think we have a real good relationship.”
Through the years, Newsome has made multiple visits to Blacksburg. He made another last weekend, for the Hokies’ win over rival Virginia. It also gave him a chance to talk more to the staff, who told him they envision him as an ‘athlete.’
“Tech is always a great atmosphere, how crazy the fans are,” Newsome said. “It was like most visits. There’s never a time, when I don’t like it. It went pretty good.”
Newsome, though, said his decision remains the same.
“I’m still committed to Maryland right now,” he said. “That can always change between now and signing day, but now, I’m a verbal commit. I’m gonna take my officials.”
And throughout the process, Newsome said he’s stayed in touch with the Terps’ staff. That includes as more offers have come, up to 11 now with the most recent one from Virginia Tech.
“The coaches, they’re still checking in since before they offered,” Newsome said. “They still hit me up constantly, almost every day. We talk on the phone and we have a good relationship.”
Newsome will officially visit Maryland on Dec. 9. He’s also set an official visit Jan. 20 to see the Hokies and hasn’t ruled out seeing others as well.
“I’m gonna see where other offers come in,” Newsome said. “I talked to Wake Forest yesterday, Tennessee yesterday and they want me to take officials. I’m thinking more offers will come in. I’ll probably be visiting Tennessee and Wake, too. If UNC offers, I might go there, too.”
Newsome said he isn’t sure if his decision will reach signing day or not. But he does have a few characteristics that will decide his final choice.
“It’s gonna come down to what puts me in the best opportunity to get on the field,” Newsome said. “Wherever I can get on the field quickest and most. Any way to get on the field. I’ve never been a kid to be on the bench. I know it won’t be easy to come in and learn the plays, but I’m ready to play.”