Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oregon
Newsome has offers from nearly every major school in the country, but has shown the most interest in Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and UCLA. Tennessee seemed to have caught his eye as he visited Knoxville for Tennessee’s game against Alabama. Newsome named Tennessee one of his three finalists along with Texas and UCLA shortly before Christmas, but eliminated the Vols on Jan. 18, saying that he will announce his decision between Texas and UCLA at his school on Jan. 23.
RTI Average: 3.75-stars
How He Fits
Newsome is a very interesting player for Tennessee in this class. The Vols already have a big, physical receiver for the outside in Preston Williams, but they would like another receiver in 2015 to play in the slot. Newsome is smaller than your prototype slot receiver in the SEC, but he offers amazing speed, quickness and agility that you don’t see very often. He absolutely excels as a punt returner and would immediately give the Vols a strong option in that role from the moment he stepped onto campus.
He is deceptively strong for his size and does a nice job of finishing runs by getting low and delivering the hit instead of receiving it. He has exceptional balance and a low center of gravity which makes him difficult to get to the ground without a clean shot, and he has exceptional vision and cutting ability to find the openings in the defense and hit them at full speed. Newsome would give Tennessee a very versatile athlete with the ability to line up in a bunch of different places on both offense and special teams.