Newsom leads the way for Feather River

One of the top tacklers in northern California last season was Feather River LB Kyle Newsom (6-2, 220). He had an outstanding freshman campaign for the Golden Eagles and has already started to see several four-year schools show him some interest. spoke to the sure-tackling prospect recently and he updated us on where things stand...

"Right now, the schools I've heard from are Washington, TCU, Colorado and Nevada," Newsom told "I don't have any offers yet, but this spring should be busy with schools coming through and hopefully I will get some during that time."

As a prep, Newsom was a standout at Meadowdale (Lynnwood, Wa.) High School, but he didn't take things seriously early on and he paid for it as he got older.

"Basically, it was academics and really it was my first two years -- freshman and sophomore -- that screwed me up," Newsom admitted. "It was a stupid mistake I made and a tough lesson to learn, but my academics are better now and Feather River was a good place for me to come. It's got a small community, lots of good educational programs and we play against some really talented players every week, so it definitely gets you better."

Playing the strongside (SAM) linebacker spot for the Golden Eagles this past season as a freshman, Newsom led the team with 78 tackles and 14.5 tackles-for-loss while also posting a sack and an interception.

"I'm good in the open field. I'm probably best against the run and playing in space," Newsom said. "This offseason I've been working on opening my hips and just getting stronger.

"I am asked to cover the slot a lot and opening my hips will help in coverage and also when I'm trying to get around the defensive tackle, opening my hips up will help with that too."

On the academic front, Newsom has gotten it done in the classroom, but he's unsure of when he'll be able to graduate.

"The plan right now is to graduate in December, but I just have to be sure," Newsom said. "I need to get these classes done, but I should be able to graduate after the season."

Whether he graduates in December or May, Newsom will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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