Mosai Newsom has visited Iowa a lot throughout the last year. He felt his latest stop might have given him the best idea what it would be like being a part of the program.
The Waverly-Shell Rock defensive end stopped in town for a junior day late last month. The small group had the staff’s full attention.
“This one was a little different than the game-day visits. We got to spend a lot more time around the coaches. I got to watch film on the D-Line and we talked about what they were doing and the different techniques and philosophies that they use,” Newsom told HN.
Defensive line coaches Reese Morgan and Kelvin Bell, along with head coach Kirk Ferentz made Newsom feel welcome and wanted.
“We talked about a lot of different things. I learned more about what Iowa football is,” he said.
Newsom took part in a position meeting.
“I learned about the different techniques and calls that they use. It was like a film session. My little brother got to be in there with us, and that was awesome,” Newsom said.
“Coach Morgan is a really good coach. I would describe our relationship as good. It was really cool to learn from him in the film room.”
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After increasing his knowledge of Iowa’s system, Newsom (6-4, 230) believes it meshes with his game.
“I can see myself fitting in because I know that I can run and get to the ball. Also, some of the techniques that they are teaching are what my football team is teaching. It was good to see that correlation,” he said.
“It was a great visit. I got to dig deeper into Iowa football and see more of what they do. I had a really good time and I am excited to keep learning more.”
Newsom plans on visiting Northwestern, Nebraska, and Minnesota in the near future. He boasts offers from all of those schools along with Iowa.
Being a multi-sport athlete makes it difficult for Newsom to get out to campuses. He’s still learning what schools have to offer him. He’s taking his time for that.
“I have talked with my parents and the plan is to have my decision made sometime in the fall,” he said.
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Rivals and 247 view Newsom as a three-star recruit. Rivals ranks him as the No. 5 player in the state for ’19, while 247 puts him fourth.
As a junior, Newsom recorded 38 tackles, 8.5 which went for a loss. He added three sacks.
Here’s a look at Newsom’s junior highlights: