VT One of Four Finalists for Newsome

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Kevin Newsome , Virginia Tech’s clear top 2009 class target at the quarterback position, was in Blacksburg last weekend on an official visit to Tech. Tech is one of four schools still in contention for the 6-3, 205-pound prospect, a Chesapeake native who played for Hargrave Military Academy this season.

Newsome’s father, who is also named Kevin, reflected on the Virginia Tech experience.

“It went really well,” Mr. Newsome said of his son’s Virginia Tech official visit. “We haven’t had a lot of opportunities before to talk with coach O’Cain. It was really good talking to him. Kevin liked him. We got into some in-depth conversation with him. We know coach Newsome, coach Stinespring and coach Beamer…they are class acts. Of course, they laid out the red carpet. We’ve always had a great time whenever we’ve been in Blacksburg. They laid it out for us and we enjoyed the game, especially with the way they pulled it out.”

Coach O’Cain’s personality and experience impressed the Newsome’s.

“It was his demeanor,” Mr. Newsome said. “He is someone who is cool, poised and handles everything on the same level. Then, he has experience. He has really been in it for a while and dealing with quarterbacks, offenses and the whole nine for such a long time. We feel really confident in a person like coach O’Cain and we wouldn’t have a problem with him working with Kevin. That was the one thing we were trying to find.”

Virginia Tech’s lack of depth at the quarterback position appears to be a big positive for the Hokies, but it also appears to be a positive for at least two other finalists as well.

“I would say [the quarterback depth chart] has a lot to do with [Virginia Tech] being in the position they are with Kevin,” Mr. Newsome said. “Kevin has been going there a long time. He has been getting a sense of Virginia Tech for a couple of years. They also happen to be in the quarterback position they are in. That type of situation had a lot to do with the finalists. Penn State is down to a couple of quarterbacks. B.C. has Crane leaving. With Ohio State, we don’t know a lot about the situation but we’ll find out. These are situations where there isn’t a whole lot of quarterback depth, so everything has worked itself out