Newsome’s Commitment To VT Remains Firm

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Hampton (VA) athlete Deon Newsome has been committed to Virginia Tech since last May.  There has not been any hint of dissatisfaction with the choice he made, and he held firm recently when the University of Virginia inquired about his status.

Deon Newsome (Photo courtesy of Andy Hilton/

“Coach (Mike) Smith told me UVa asked about my status,” said Newsome, who added that the inquiry came in the past few weeks.  “I said I’m staying with [the commitment to Virginia Tech].”

Newsome’s stance is not surprising.  After all, he is less than three weeks away from signing a letter of intent and officially realizing a childhood dream.

“This was my dream as a kid… just to go to Virginia Tech,” the Crabbers senior said.

Growing up, “I always tried to plan to go to the college level,” said Newsome, son of former Hokies standout Myron Newsome.  “I always thought I might make it to this level.”

Newsome landed offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech before going with the Hokies.  Asked if there was one thing that separated Tech from UVa and other schools, he replied:  “Because of the high class of players that have come out of there.  They have produced a lot of talent.  And they have the Engineering major I want.”

Likely either a slot receiver or defensive back at Tech, Newsome spent his senior season as Hampton’s starting quarterback and rover.  He performed very well in what was his first full season at quarterback, rushing for 1,141 yards and passing for 1,027 more.  Newsome accounted for 29 touchdowns.

“At first I had to get used to playing quarterback, but after a few games everything slowed down and it became kind of easy,” said Newsome, who guided Hampton to a 9-3 overall record in 2012.  He played on