Newsome Headed to the Big 10

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Virginia Tech will have to look elsewhere for a quarterback in the 2009 class. Chesapeake (VA) native Kevin Newsome , Tech’s top target at the quarterback position in 2009, announced Tuesday night that he will attend Penn State University, choosing the Nittany Lions over Boston College and Virginia Tech.

Newsome, who plans to enroll at Penn State next month, will be only one of two scholarship quarterbacks next season for the Big 10 program. Daryll Clark, who led the Nittany Lions to a Rose Bowl this season, will be a senior in 2009.

“What helped at Penn State was I would get a little more playing time a little bit earlier. Every quarterback wants to come in and be able to challenge for a spot. I want to learn from Daryll Clark a year, and by the time I’m a sophomore be ready to take control of the Penn State offense,” said the 6-3, 205-pound quarterback recruit.

Although he listed three finalists, Newsome’s decision very likely came down to just two schools – Penn State and Virginia Tech. The November 27th-29th official visit to Virginia Tech went extremely well according to sources, but Penn State received the final official visit on the weekend of December 5th-7th. The momentum shifted after that final visit, resulting in Tuesday night’s decision.

Newsome took an official visit to Boston College on the weekend of October 31st-November 2nd.

“At Boston College, there are great coaches and a great team. Virginia Tech, I’m from Virginia. I’ll always love Virginia Tech no matter what. I’ll always support them. It was very difficult. Penn State came on top,” Newsome said.

Newsome informed Tech head coach Frank Beamer of his decision earlier on Tuesday.

“He sounded disappointed, but at the same time he said, ‘You know what, Kevin, you are a good guy. I wish you luck and success wherever you go,'” Newsome said. “I really appreciate that, not just from a coach but from a friend.”

Asked what role the Tech offense played, if any, in his decision, Newsome answered, “Virginia Tech’s offense wasn’t a negative. Tyrod Taylor is doing great. He’s a star at Virginia Tech. I look up to him just as much as I look up to Daryll Clark. He’s a very smart guy, very poised. It wasn’t more so the offense. [Penn State] had a better opportunity to play early.”

“Gut feeling and the chance