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Missouri Recruiting 2012: Gary Pinkel Lands Donavin Newsom To Solidify Linebacking Corps

Gary Pinkel is still reaching into the heart of Texas for much of this year’s class as he has in years past (approximately 36 percent of each recruiting class over last four years has come from Texas), but he’s also landing in-state talent. Donavin Newsom is the latest, a linebacker from St. Louis that helps bring strong athleticism to the team.

Newsom is the No. 6 prospect in the state of Missouri and the No. 12 linebacker prospect. He chose Missouri over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kansas State, Tennessee, Iowa, Wake Forest, Indiana, Minnesota, and Illinois.

From the We Are Mizzou blog, “Served as team captain during his senior season as a standout on both sides of the ball for Parkway North … Ran for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns as a senior, and on defense ran one interception back 102 yards for a touchdown to set a school record for longest interception return … Was his team’s MVP as a junior when he made 62 tackles and had 5 sacks and 2 interceptions on defense, while he rushed for 396 yards and 10 touchdowns, and added 153 yards receiving … Was selected to play in the Offense-Defense All-America Game in December at Cowboys Stadium.”