Newsome focused on helping Tarblooders maintain momentum

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Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders

We had a chance to catch up with Cleveland Glenville defensive
end/outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome following his team’s win at
Gahanna Lincoln on Saturday. Newsome (6-3, 230) committed to Ohio State in late June, picking the
Buckeyes over Illinois, Michigan State, Louisville and Vanderbilt.


We had a chance to catch up with Cleveland Glenville defensive end/outside linebacker Jonathan Newsome following his team’s win at Gahanna Lincoln on Saturday.

Newsome (6-3, 230) committed to Ohio State in late June, picking the Buckeyes over Illinois, Michigan State, Louisville and Vanderbilt.

On Saturday, Glenville defeated Gahanna Lincoln 31-0 in one of the featured games in the Chris Spielman Gridiron Classic. Newsome helped get Glenville off to a great start in that game by blocking a punt for a touchdown.

“It was fun,” Newsome said. “They had a little split. The guys in front of me came off slow and I just shot back there. I put my hands up and blocked it. We got the score and that was big for me, the team and everybody.”

The win helped Glenville wrap up nonleague play at 3-0. The Tarblooders also defeated Cleveland St. Ignatius in week one and Clairton (Pa.) Thomas Jefferson in week two. Glenville, ranked third in this week’s ONN/Ohio High Power Poll in Division I, opens Senate League play against Cleveland South on Friday.

“We have a good chance to go undefeated now,” Newsome said. “We have to keep ourselves motivated and keep the competition level up high between ourselves since we are going into the Senate League schedule.”

Glenville arrived in Columbus last Friday and spent time at Ohio State’s practice that afternoon.

“We saw the offensive walkthroughs,” Newsome said. “It was nice. Practice went smooth. It wasn’t a lot of noise. It is different than high school. The practices are more controlled.”

Newsome talked about splitting time between end and linebacker in the Glenville defensive scheme.

“I definitely feel more comfortable at defensive end,” he said. “I am just now learning the linebacker position. As long as I am out there, that’s all that matters to me.”

Newsome is a two-way starter on defense and also at offensive tackle. He talked about taking on such a heavy load.

“You have to suck it up,” he said. “I didn’t come out. The first two games, I started and played both ways. I played the majority of the game. It builds on you and you get tired. But you have to think about the team. You do what you have to do.”

Newsome was asked what OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock and co-coordinator Luke Fickell have said to him about his position when he arrives on campus next summer.

“They talk to me about the Leo position with me being a defensive end/outside linebacker type player,” he said. “They move people around a lot. That’s me. I’ll play wherever you ask me to play. I love football.”

Newsome said he does not moving around and playing multiple positions.

“I think I can do it all, if you ask me to,” he said. “If you want me to go out there and throw it, I’ll throw it. If you want me to catch it, I’ll catch. If you want me to block, I’ll do that. I’m trying to be the best team player I can be.”

Newsome was originally offered a scholarship by OSU last winter. He deliberated about it for a few months before deciding to verbal in June. The suspense now is when his teammate, offensive lineman Marcus Hall, might follow suit.

“That’s big for any kid in Ohio,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to also live a successful life outside of football. The way I look at it, you are going to live longer than you play football. At Ohio State with all of the alumni, there are opportunities everywhere. You have to think about your life first and then football.

“Besides with Glenville and Ohio State, we have a pipeline and we have to keep it going.”

Newsome holds a 3.4 GPA and scored a 20 on the ACT.

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