6’3”, 215 lbs dual threat quarterback Kevin Newsome
committed to Rich Rodriquez back in April. He had planned to run Rodriguez’s
unique offense at Michigan
but he later de-committed and began to look around. With offers from Ohio State, Virginia
Tech, Penn State,
and Boston College, Newsome selected the Nittany
Lions as his future school just this month.
By Steve Patterson
The four star quarterback prospect
from Churchland High
School in Portsmouth Virginia spent his senior year at Hardgrave Military
Academy before returning
to his hometown to make his college selection recently. At his prior high
school, Newsome told friends and family during a press conference that he had
prayed about his decision and had a good felling about attending Penn State.
Playing Time Very Important
Lions have only one quarterback ahead of Newsome when 2009 begins, that is
starter Daryll Clark. Sophomore Pat Devlin was set to be the next in line but
decided to transfer shortly before the bowl season this year opening the door
for Newsome. The decision was difficult for Newsome as he grew up a fan of
Virginia Tech but couldn’t see himself waiting to play at the next level as he
would have to do with the Hokies.
Learning for One Year
plans to enroll at Penn State in January and learn from Clark
for a full year before taking over in 2010. He feels that Clark’s
style of play resembles his own and he feels that he can learn much from the
senior by sitting behind him in 2009. He has been impressed with the dedication
Clark shows during practice including his
confidence and poise.
One of the selling points for Penn
State beyond early playing time was the campus and game atmosphere that he
experienced when he unofficially visited for non-other-than the Michigan
match-up. He plans to enroll in the business school and was impressed with the
academics on his official visit over the weekend of December 5th.