The Latest On ATH Deon Newsome

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Hampton (VA) junior athlete Deon Newsome , a 2011 second-team all-state selection at punt returner by the VHSCA, is holding steady with two BCS offers in the fold.  The 5’11”, 175-pound prospect updated the latest on his recruitment.

“Duke has also shown interest.  That’s pretty much it, besides the offers from [Virginia] Tech and UVa,” Newsome said.

Newsome hasn’t taken any visits since football season ended.  His focus these past few months has been on working hard to save up for his first car.  He’s biding his time on the recruiting front, though he says he “probably” will get to some college campuses this spring.  He also wants to attend a Nike Combine this spring, to show what he can do against other talented competition.

“I want to wait and see what happens,” Newsome said when asked if he planned to decide soon.  “I want to go through the process.  I just want to see what other schools come in.”

Newsome, whose father, Myron Newsome , played at Virginia Tech, is favoring the Hokies at this point in the process.

“I think I like them more than UVa, just because of the major,” Newsome said, referring to Virginia Tech.  “I want to go into construction and building houses, and Virginia Tech has the exact major I want.  It would be kind of crazy to go somewhere that doesn’t have what you want to major in.

“UVa is not shut out, but I’m leaning towards Virginia Tech.”

A jack-of-all-trades player, Newsome has played wide receiver, quarterback, defensive back and linebacker in his high school career.  He is also a return specialist.  Newsome finished 2011 with 462 yards receiving and three touchdowns on 15 receptions.  He added one score on an interception return and another on a punt return.

“It means I have to try harder to get to the first team,” Newsome said of his all-state honor.

“I just want to be the best at everything I do.  My ultimate goal is to get first-team for every position I play.”

Newsome heads into the 2012 season slotted as his team’s starting signal caller.

“Coach is saying quarterback unless he finds someone different,” Newsome said.  “We have a pretty good running back.  If I have to play quarterback, we’ll have to find some receivers.”