Three SEC schools have shown interest in Texas transfer Ryan Newsome with mutual interest from the former Texas wide receiver.
Newsome announced on Twitter he was granted his release. He told Jeremy Clark of 247Sports he has received mutual interest in Alabama, Texas A&M and Tennessee among other schools. Newsome should have a very competitive recruiting period.
— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 19, 2016
Newsome was a four-star receiver in the class of 2015. He appeared in three games for the Longhorns, hauling in four receptions for 23 yards. He opted to transfer looking for better playing opportunities, feeling that he would get passed over by incoming recruits.
Newsome committed to UCLA in recruiting before flipping to Texas. But the Bruins are not one of the schools he mentioned as having mutual interest, although rival USC was.
He will have to make a decision fairly quickly with fall camps opening up. He will sit out the year because of transfer rules. But Newsome said all six teams right now are on equal footing.
Since he announced his release, he said Tennessee has been on him pretty hard.
“Tennessee is on me hard; they’re all on me there,” Newsome told 247Sports. “Coach Butch (Jones), he’s just a great guy. I officially visited Tennessee, but my parents never went up there. Now, they said they’ll go see it. But Darren Kirkland and Khalil (McKenzie) are on me hard; they all want me there. The Tennessee fans are going crazy.”
He added Texas A&M wants him, but the team has to figure out if it has space and clear things with coach Kevin Sumlin. He also spoke highly of his recruiting experience with Alabama.