One of the top linebacking prospects in the country from the class of 2012 who is very active and who has the strength and speed to make plays all over the field ... Opens camp listed at No. 3 on the depth chart at the weakside position ... Was awarded the No. 25 jersey in memory of former Tiger Aaron O'Neal, who died tragically in July of 2005 following a summer conditioning workout ... Newsom will wear that jersey for the rest of his playing days, and then will pass it along to another young linebacker ... He's a fitting choice for the honor, as he hails from the same St. Louis-area high school where O'Neal starred before coming to Mizzou.
ESPN rated 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 listed 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 was 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.