When 3-star defensive end (HV Rating: 86.3) Mosai Newsom came to Lincoln back on March 15, it caught people by surprise. At that time, the prospect from Waverly, Iowa, was thought to be a heavy Hawkeye lean, so getting him on campus was a nice get for the Huskers staff. Over the weekend, Newsom made a return trip with his father to check out junior day and take in a practice. I was able to catch up with him and ask him what he saw that first time that made him want to come back so soon.
“The first time it was my first time getting familiar with Nebraska, the coaching staff, the program, the university. Then the second time, I really enjoyed my visit it was awesome. I wanted to check out practice and see how they do things.”
He says that on his second trip, he really liked the practice style a lot. He was impressed that it was up-tempo and fast. It stood out to him that the defensive line spent a lot of time together and it looked like they were getting better. It was overall a good practice to observe. Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander is Newsom’s main recruiter and while Newsom says he is still developing the relationship, he knows that Chinander and defensive line coach Mike Dawson are great coaches.
Had a great time back at Nebraska for a spring practice. pic.twitter.com/DMPFZzpRGR
— Mosai (@newsom_5) April 8, 2018
The other schools in the mix for Newsom right now are mainly Iowa, Minnesota and Northwestern. Newsom says that he has gotten some stuff from Stanford, Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and some Ivy League schools. The distance from home isn’t a factor for him, he just wants to make sure his choice is the right fit. So, what is he looking for in that fit?
“I want the school that I pick to develop me as a man," he said. "I want to come out of college ready to take on the real world. I want to grow in my faith, academics and a football player. I want my college choice to impact all areas of my life.”
Newsom tells me that he will be attending the spring game and there was one more thing that left a big impression on him. Seeing the nearly 100 former players in attendance for a spring practice really stood out.
“That is awesome," Newsom said. "It showed the brotherhood that they have. It was really special. My dad and I got to talk with Coach [Tom] Osborne which was incredible. It was a great time.”
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.