According to his Twitter account, former Texas Longhorns wide receiver Ryan Newsome has transferred to Arizona State University.
— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 30, 2016
Newsome has used his Twitter account to chronicle his transfer decisions. On July 23rd, he announced his decision to leave Texas:
— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 18, 2016
Then, when he settled on his top two choices, he also let people know through Twitter:
Top 2! pic.twitter.com/KBxY4f8ze5
— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 23, 2016
Now, he’ll be heading to Arizona State.
In his freshman season with the Longhorns, Newsome played in only four games and made only four receptions for 23 yards. His best game came during a 59-20 victory over the Kansas Jayhaws. In that game, he had three receptions for 21 yards.
Out of high school, Newsome was a four-star recruit from Aledo High School in Texas. ESPN ranked him as the 189th best recruit in the country and the 22nd best wide receiver in the 2015 class. He received a scholarship offer from Arizona State while in high school, but not from Michigan State, his second choice in this transfer period.
Newsome will join an Arizona State team that finished fourth in the south division of the Pac 12 Conference in 2015 after going 6-7 and 4-5 within the conference. They went to the Cactus Bowl and lost to West Virginia 43-42. However, they are a young team, returning mostly sophomores and juniors. They only return 15 seniors for the 2016 season. Newsome, who was clearly a highly-regarded talent out of high school, should add to that collection that coach Todd Graham has assembled.