April 19, 2008

Close, but not commit

Jonathan Newsome knew he was going to like Ohio State before he attended today's Scarlet and Gray game, but his lack of familiarity with other schools that have shown interest kept him from following through on thoughts of committing.

Newsome, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound weak-side defensive end out of Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville Academic Campus, was presumably impressed with the large showing at Ohio State's spring game, but without visiting other schools he was not ready to commit to the Buckeyes.

"I didn't commit. I don't know if I thought about committing, I was just thinking about the thought of playing at Ohio State," Newsome said. "Ohio State is a great place, and I like it a lot, but I don't have anywhere to compare it to and I just want to make sure I see everything else before I make a decision."

Newsome did clarify that Ohio State is his No. 1 school as of now, and when asked if the Buckeyes would currently be Newsome's top choice, he responded, "Of course."

Newsome traveled down to Columbus with teammate Marcus Hall, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound four-star offensive line recruit, and Hall's parents. Newsome also spoke with his head coach, Ted Ginn Sr., before heading to the spring game.

"He just told me to enjoy myself and have a good time," Newsome said. "He really didn't have any advice for me, just basically to have a good time and take a good look (at Ohio State) and see what (I) like."

Being from the Cleveland area, Newsome was quite familiar with Ohio State's fans, but the remarkable crowd at the Horseshow today really drew his attention, especially because he could experience it for himself.

"Just being so close to the game was great. I have never been that close to a football game before unless I was playing in it," Newsome said. "I felt the atmosphere and the fans were crazy, we don't get anything like that in high school.

"It crossed my mind numerous times about what it would be like on gameday (at Ohio State). That experience was just crazy. Just seeing the whole thing was great."
Newsome has a collection of offers from other programs, including Illinois - currently his No. 2 choice - as well as Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Indiana, and Cincinnati.

Nevertheless, Newsome remains pretty enthusiastic about his experience at the spring game today, but said he would feel more comfortable evaluating his options when he has a better perspective of the other schools that have been ensuring for his services.

"I love Ohio State. It is a great place I honestly don't see how people don't go there," Newsome said, "but in my case I haven't seen anywhere else. Sooner or later my decision will come, but I don't know exactly when the decision will come, but I am leaning toward Ohio State."

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