Newsome Chooses Penn State

Newsome on his October visit to PSU.

The quarterback position is a priority for the Nittany Lions' Class of 2009. They got a good one out of Virginia.

Penn State wasted little time easing the sting of backup quarterback Pat Devlin's departure.

Devlin, a redshirt sophomore, abruptly left the program last Wednesday. Six days later, Virginia standout quarterback Kevin Newsome committed to the Nittany Lions.

Newsome made his decision known during a press conference at a sports bar near his hometown of Chesapeake, Va. Contributor Dan Hilbert passed the news along to FOS.

Newsome picked Penn State over Virginia Tech and Boston College, saying he liked the academic situations at all three schools but felt "more at home" at Penn State.

He intends to enroll at PSU in January and, as things stand, will be one of only two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in the spring. The other will be 2008 All-Big Ten pick Daryll Clark, who will be in his final season of eligibility in 2009.

But Newsome said the limited number of scholarship quarterbacks on the roster did not factor into his decision.

Newsome spent his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. As a junior at Western Branch High, he threw for more than 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for more than 500 yard and 11 scores.

Newsome originally committed to Michigan last April. But he re-opened his recruitment in early August.

He visited Penn State on an unofficial basis when the Lions whipped the Wolverines Oct. 18. He returned to Happy Valley for an official visit for the weekend of Dec. 5-7, just a few days before Devlin left the program.

Check out this video file from WAVY-10, which was on hand at the event.

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