What started out as a typical Monday for T.Q. Newsome took a “shocking” turn midway through the day.
The Gulfport junior was going about his day like normal when he was called into his coach’s office.
“I’m just sitting in class when coach called me out,” Newsom said. “I went into his office and Kansas was there.”
The Admiral quarterback said he hadn’t heard from the Jayhawks previously, but walked into his coach’s office to find running backs coach Tony Hull watching his film with GHS offensive coordinator Micky D’Angelo.
Hull, a New Orleans native, said he liked what he saw and offered Newsome a scholarship as a running back. The offer is Newsome’s first.
“It was very surreal,” Newsome said. “It started off as a normal day. I woke up and handled my business in class.
“I was in shock to get the offer. I really couldn’t believe what I heard. It took me aback for a second. It was like it was straight out of a dream.”
Newsome played running back as a sophomore for the Admirals in 2016, rushing for 443 yards and seven touchdowns on 101 carries. He moved to quarterback this year to direct the Admirals’ new triple-option offense. Newsome played through several injuries but still managed to pass for 633 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another 916 yards and 15 scores.
While he likes playing quarterback, Newsome said he doesn’t care what position he plays in college.
“As long as I get there, I’m willing to play any position,” he said.
Listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Newsome said Hull likes his size and believes he could be a three-down back in the Jayhawks’ system.
“He thinks I could really benefit the program,” Newsome said.
With his first offer still swirling around in his head, Newsome said he hadn’t even begun to consider any kind of timetable to make a final decision. As of right now he said he’ll likely wait until after his senior season to make a commitment.
Newsome said Mississippi State, South Carolina and Air Force have all visited the school to see him and teammate Derick Hall. He also visited Louisiana-Lafayette with Hall on an unofficial visit last season.
Earlier in the day, Hall announced he, too, had received a Kansas offer. Hall also has offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, with interest from USC, Vanderbilt and Auburn.