Newsome’s decision is a curious one, and I wonder if it might have been brought on by matter of contagion or uncertainty about how many spots would be available. Glenville kids notoriously take their time — and with just cause — as Ted Ginn Sr (and Tressel himself) encourages Tarblooders not to rush into a decision. Newsome says the decision here was brought on by an unwillingness to drag out the process any further. After completing one of the Ginn bus tours in Columbus Friday, Newsome was unsure about his position. However, he became aware of the scholarship situation over the weekend. After talking it over with Mom — who is his biggest influence in recruiting and told him there’s no point in waiting or having cold feet if he’s 100 percent sure about something — Newsome called Ginn Sr and told him of his decision, and then called Tressel. The reason appears to be the truism of Tarblooders in general: Newsome, like most Tarblooders and most good Ohio boys, aspires to play at Ohio State, so there was no point in wasting any more time. Indeed, he almost committed at the Spring Game.
Newsome projects at either a defensive end or linebacker at the next level, and, given his tweener status, is very much raw potential at the moment. He impressed at some combines, but not at others, and might polish his skills with his senior year at Glenville. Jim Tressel probably sees him entering the LEO rotation at Ohio State, joining the ranks of Nathan Williams.
If the Buckeyes pick up at least 3 more of their targets left on the board, I don’t see how the 2009 class is anything other than the top recruiting class in the country. USC, Georgia, Florida and LSU certainly promise to close the gap going forward, but this class is remarkable. Really, though, if this keeps up, my keyboard might break.