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Four-star WR Ryan Newsome picks UCLA over Texas

Posted January 23rd, 2015

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Four-star Aledo wide receiver Ryan Newsome committed to UCLA on Friday, spurning the in-state Longhorns.

Newsome, ranked No. 23 in the American-Statesman’s Fab 55, announced his decision during an afternoon press conference at his high school.

He would have been the third WR to join Texas’ class following Georgia prep school standout Gilbert Johnson and Mesquite Poteet’s DeAndre McNeal.

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The Longhorns are still pursuing at least three more receivers: Damarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill), John Burt (Tallahassee Lincoln) and Dominique Reed (Coffeyville C.C.).

Texas coaches likely had projected Newsome (5-8, 170 pounds) at slot receiver. He could’ve helped as a returner, as well.

In other news, five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack (Gladewater) has decided to visit Texas this weekend, per several reports. Mack, a one-time Texas A&M pledge, had previously canceled a visit to Texas.

The Longhorns are still trying to sort out their quarterback picture after Allen’s Kyler Murray took an unexpected visit to Texas on Wednesday. Murray, the nation’s top-ranked dual threat quarterback, told reporters on Thursday that he remains committed to Texas A&M. Meanwhile, long-time Longhorns QB commit Zach Gentry is visiting Michigan this weekend, and Florida State QB commit Kai Locksley is expected to be in Austin.

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