VT lands Deon Newsome

Virginia Tech added to its recruiting hot streak Thursday, gaining a pledge from three-star athlete Deon Newsome (Hampton, Va.), son of former Hokies linebacker Myron Newsome, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

The Hokies now have 11 commitments for the class of 2013, including 10 from the state of Virginia.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Newsome chose Virginia Tech over Virginia. He earned all-state recognition as a junior return man while also playing on both sides of the ball.

Myron Newsome was a Hokies linebacker from 1995-96, earning second-team all-Big East accolades as a senior. He now serves as an assistant at Hampton, but his path did not exactly make his son's college choice a layup.

From The Virginian-Pilot's Andy Bitter:

"I think his dad let him make his mind up," Hampton coach Mike Smith said. "He really didn't get in the mix too much. But I think he had those bloodlines in him. And he really liked his visit to Tech academically for what he wanted to do -- construction engineering or something. He really liked what he saw there."

Smith told Bitter that he expects Deon Newsome to play quarterback and strong safety his senior season.