4-star OT Grabs SEC Offer; Sets Visits

Lawrenceville (N.J.) School four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome added an SEC offer Wednesday, and another could be on the way. Also, he said three unofficial visits are set.

As offers continue to roll in for The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome, a break in his academic schedule will allow him to visit a trio of schools, beginning next week.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Newsome was offered by LSU on Wednesday, and talk of Alabama offering made its way to the campus of the boarding school that is a stone's throw from Princeton.

He added visits to Duke, Maryland and Northwestern were set, but the big talk of the day centered around a pair of SEC powerhouses.

"It's an honor to get an LSU," Newsome said. "It's one of the great programs. When they offered me, I was pretty excited about it. I had been talking to (offensive line) coach (Jeff) Grimes for a little while over Facebook and Twitter, but they hadn't offered until (Wednesday)."

Newsome still needs to learn details about LSU, but he likes what he knows so far.

"I go back to the football and it's just winning," he said. "If you look at LSU over the years, under Les Miles and across the board with the program, it seems like all they do is just win. They're one of the powerhouses in the SEC and across the country as well."

Although the twitter-verse was buzzing about Newsome being offered by Alabama, he said he had no knowledge of the offer actually being extended. He was yet to speak to Alabama about it or get confirmation from his coach, so to him, there was no offer.

"It's a great school and a great football program, as everyone pretty much knows," Newsome said. "It's a great opportunity to be able to talk to them and communicate with them. If the offer does come through, that would be a huge honor."

Newsome has been in touch with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, and the two are building a relationship.

"He seems like a good guy but I haven't had as much contact with him, obviously not being able to meet face-to-face," Newsome said. "He seems to be a very good guy and a great coach. I don't know a ton about him, but from the limited conversations I've had with him, he seems like a very good coach.

"He's definitely a good coach. You look at his track record of putting players in the NFL, he is obviously doing it right down there."

Newsome, who is from McLean, Va., still needs to plan out most of his trips, but he will hit the road next weekend.

"I have a few visits set," he said. "I'm going to Duke March 8, I'm going to Northwestern March 13 and Maryland March 11."

Newsome said interest in the school and location played roles in setting those visits.

"Duke had been a school I wanted to get back down to for a while, and Northwestern, I've wanted to take a visit our there for the past couple of months," Newsome said. "This is just an opportunity to see things.

"Maryland, it's just a close proximity to home. It's a pretty easy trip up there. It's only about 35 minutes away. Being in the Big Ten, and having a successful football program as well as having good academics is definitely a school I want to look into."


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