Nittany Lions Nab Newsome

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Within a week of the Penn State faithful hearing that highly-touted recruit and backup quarterback Pat Devlin would be transferring elsewhere for next season, another high-profile signal caller stepped in his place.

Kevin Newsome will be Lions’ quarterback of the future. The Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Virginia) recruit, who is ranked eighth nationally among quarterbacks by Scout.com, announced his intentions to play for Penn State at a sports bar at roughly 5:45 today.

Newsome picked Penn State over Virginia Tech and Boston College, saying he liked the academic situations at all three schools but felt “more at home” at Penn State.

Newsome, who originally verbally committed to Michigan last April before re-opening his recruitment in August, was present for the Homecoming beatdown against the Wolverines Oct. 18. If you ask me, having recruits witness gridiron domination in Beaver Stadium is the best recruiting tool we have.

The story also noted that Newsome had is official visit to Happy Valley Dec. 5-7 – mere days before Devlin met with Coach Joe Paterno to inform him of his transfer intentions.  Coincidence? Not according to a few people I spoke with over the weekend. Granted, all the conversations I’ve been involved in are with people who know a person- who-knows-a-person-who-would-know, but the initial speculation was that it was Newsome’s impending commitment that spurred the Devlin transfer.

More details after the jump.

My personal thoughts on the Devlin transfer will be up later this week, but in the short term, what fans should take away from this story is that the void left by Devlin seems to be filled. Newsome, who is described as a dual-threat quarterback in the mold of current starter Darryl Clark, will be the second scholarship quarterback in the program when enrolls here in January. He’s a completely different type of player than Devlin, but has similar potential and credentials.

The four-star recruit threw for more than 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns while also running for more than 500 yard and 11 scores as a junior at Western Branch High.

[Source: Scout.com]

[Source: The Daily Collegian]

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Mark McColey is a Senior majoring in Advertising and Labor-Employment relations. Among his loves are Penn State Football, The Steelers, The Penguins, The Simpsons, Tina Fey, and Arrested Development.