Newsome making his decision in February

One of the undervalued players in Kentucky's 2011 class is South Floyd's Dakota Newsome. Newsome holds several offers and has been a productive player for his high school through his career.

One of the undervalued players in Kentucky's 2011 class is South Floyd's Dakota Newsome. Newsome holds several offers and has been a productive player for his high school through his career.

Senior Dakota Newsome has the size and the overall athleticism to play several spots at the next level, but he excelled at quarterback for South Floyd this year.

"I feel I had a good season. I wish it was a winning one and that we got to make the playoffs, but it didn't happen," said Newsom. "I had 33 total touchdowns and over 1000 yards passing. I had almost 1500 yards rushing. I led class 1-A in scoring and touchdowns," he continued.

South Floyd went 3-7 this season and while that was disappointing, it was still an improvement over previous seasons according to Newsome.

"This year's team was better than last year, but anything less than making the playoffs was a failure to us. I think this year was a turn-around season for South Floyd football," he said.

Despite the problems the team had this season, Newsome still saw not only improvement in his team, but himself.

"I think I improved in my leadership skills. I was a lot more vocal this year to the team. I also think I improved on my defense. I still have work to do in the off-season," said Newsome.

College coaches have been very receptive to Newsome and he's earned offers from Middle Tennessee State, Northwestern, Ohio, Purdue, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky and most recently the University of Virginia at Wise. He's also hearing from a few other schools.

"I hear mostly from Marshall. We've gotten pretty close the last couple of months. I hear a lot from Middle Tennessee State, UVA Wise, Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Tennessee," he said.

Newsome has taken a few visits this season and has narrowed his list down to five schools.

"I've visited UVA Wise, Marshall, Middle Tennessee State and I'm going to Tennessee on November 27th," he said. "(My decision) is down to Marshall, Middle Tennessee State, UVA Wise, Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee. I'll be deciding in February," he finished.


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