University of Texas sophomore wide receiver Ryan Newsome will transfer from the program, according to a tweet from his Twitter account on Sunday.
— Ryan Newsome (@NewBoi17) July 18, 2016
As a freshman, Newsome returned six kicks for 110 yards, and caught five passes for 28 yards for the Longhorns. A 4-star recruit coming out of Aledo HS in Aledo, Texas, the 5-foot-8, 166-pound receiver/returner will now look to find a new home.
This issue has arisen with Newsome before, as it has with many indecisive young players, when he initially chose UCLA, but just 12 days later, switched to the Longhorns. It remains to be seen whether the Bruins are where Newsome will wind up, but it’s worth noting that he had narrowed his choice down to those two schools prior to arriving on campus in Austin.
The 2015 season was another struggle for the Texas football program which went just 5-7 in their second year under head coach Charlie Strong. Questions about Strong’s job security have been swirling nearly from the moment he was hired, as the proud Longhorns program is desperate to get back to their winning ways. While landing top-flight players like Newsome, who grow up in Texas, is crucial, getting them to stay on campus and contributing to the next winning program is imperative for the team to turn it around.