The Ted Ginn, Sr. summer football camp tour made stops at Toledo, Michigan State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Indiana and Purdue before the final tour stop, Ohio State last Friday.
On that final stop defensive end Jonathan Newsome had some thoughts about committing to the Buckeyes, but held off. He has held off no longer.
“I just committed to Ohio State,” Newsome told Bucknuts.com. “I was talking to Taver Johnson at the Ohio State camp. We talked about maybe committing, but I wasn't sure.”
A talk with his mother changed Newsome's thinking.
“I talked things over with my mother,” Newsome said. “She said if your 100% sure, go ahead and commit. I knew I wanted to be a Buckeye, so I called coach Ginn and told him.
“Then I called coach Tressel and said I wanted to be a Buckeye. He said today is a good day for Ohio State football.”
And with that the Ohio State commitment total has hit 23.
Newsome picked Ohio State over scholarship offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Louisville among others. He had approximately 20 scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-3 and 230-pound Newsome made 60 tackles including 13 sacks during his junior season. He played defensive end as well as on the Glenville offensive line.
“I'll play defensive end and some outside linebacker at Ohio State,” Newsome said. “I'll switch back and forth. I'm excited.”
Newsome was aware of the Buckeyes' commitment total before pulling the trigger on his decision.
“My mom said they had 22 commitments,” Newsome said. “That's crazy. Last week they only had 18. With the whole scholarship situation, I know it's a business so there shouldn't be any hard feelings. But there was no need to wait.”
Newsome said there is no way he is going to change his mind and he would love to see teammate Marcus Hall join him in this class.
“I'm 100% a Buckeye,” Newsome said. “That's not going to be changing. I don't believe in that. Now I'm going to work on Marcus.”
Newsome and Tressel are not the only ones happy with Newsome's decision.
“I asked coach Ginn what he thought about my decision,” Newsome said. “He said congratulations and he was happy for me. Ohio State is a big part of Glenville football.”