Fr., LB, 6-2, 220, St. Louis, Mo. (Parkway North HS)
One of the top linebacking prospects in the country who is very active and who has the strength and speed to make plays all over the field … ESPN rates him as the No. 6 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri, while also touting him as the No. 12 inside linebacker prospect in the nation … Rivals lists him as the No. 7 overall prospect at any position in the state of Missouri for 2012 … Served as team captain during his senior season as a standout on both sides of the ball for Parkway North … Ran for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns as a senior, and on defense ran one interception back 102 yards for a touchdown to set a school record for longest interception return … Was his team’s MVP as a junior when he made 62 tackles and had 5 sacks and 2 interceptions on defense, while he rushed for 396 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 153 yards receiving … Was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-America Game in December at Cowboys Stadium … Also is a three-year letterman in basketball, winning All-Conference recognition as a junior … High school coach – Bob Bunton … Parents – Robert & Judy Newsom … Lists hobbies as drawing and playing basketball … Chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Tennessee, Iowa, Wake Forest, Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois, among others.