Multiple outlets report and TSL sources confirm that Hampton (VA) junior Deon Newsome has verbally committed to Virginia Tech. Newsome, son of former Hokies standout Myron Newsome , picked the Hokies over an offer from Virginia and interest from Duke.
Newsome has been a jack-of-all-trades performer in his three years on Hampton High School’s varsity football squad. Quarterback, wide receiver, safety and hybrid linebacker (Rover-type position) are the positions he has played, in addition to his duties on special teams. As a junior this past season, Newsome was named second-team all-state punt returner by the VHSCA. Look for him to get a look at punt returner at Virginia Tech, but whether he’ll play wide receiver or in the defensive backfield is up in the air. The 5’11″, 175-pound Newsome hauled in 15 receptions for 462 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.
Newsome’s decision comes as no surprise, as he has been a Tech lean for several months now. Virginia Tech had exactly what he was looking for, especially on the academic front.
“I want to go into construction and building houses, and Virginia Tech has the exact major I want,” Newsome told TSL in an article on March 8. “It would be kind of crazy to go somewhere that doesn’t have what you want to major in.”
Virginia Tech now boasts 11 commitments in its 2013 recruiting class. Ten of the 11 commits hail from the state of Virginia, with Statesville (N.C.) quarterback Carlis Parker being the only exception.
Stay tuned to TSL for more on Newsome’s commitment.