Newsome Discusses Decision

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Deon Newsome has been leaning to Virginia Tech for several months now.  This Wednesday night, he decided he was ready to make a verbal commitment.

“I was just in my car and thinking to myself,” he said.  “It just came to me.”

Deon Newsome (Photo courtesy of Andy Hilton/

Newsome subsequently called his father, Myron, for advice on what to do next.  Thursday morning, he made the call to his primary recruiter from Virginia Tech, Curt Newsome.

“I called Coach Newsome first thing Thursday morning and told him,” Newsome said.  “At first, I asked what position they wanted me to play.  He said it was pretty much up to me.  After that, I [committed].  He said I made his day.”

Position-wise, Newsome has lined up all over the field in his three seasons on Hampton High School’s (VA) varsity football squad.  He plays on offense, defense, and special teams.  Myron Newsome starred at linebacker for the Hokies, but the younger Newsome made no secret that he would like to play on offense.

“I feel more comfortable with the ball in my hands,” said Newsome, who hauled in 15 catches for 462 yards and three touchdowns in 2011.  He has also played quarterback for the Crabbers, and on special teams he earned VHSCA second-team all-state punt returner in 2011  “Anywhere on offense I’ll play, except for maybe quarterback.”

Should he end up playing in Bud Foster’s defense, Newsome says he likely would play safety.  He has played safety as well as a hybrid linebacker role in high school.  The opportunity to play offense, though, helped separate the Hokies from other schools.

“Virginia Tech pretty much had everything I was looking for,” said Newsome, who also considered an offer from UVa and interest from Duke.  “They gave me the opportunity to play any position I wanted to, while other schools wanted me to play defensive back, which I don’t really