Scout Spotlight: U-M OT Commit Grant Newsome

Lawrenceville (N.J.) School 2015 OT Grant Newsome stayed with his Michigan commitment throughout its coaching search. Now with coach Jim Harbaugh in place, Newsome discusses the hire. Also, please watch the Scout Spotlight video attached, as it highlights Newsome's outstanding senior season.

Grant Newsome stayed committed to Michigan throughout its coaching search. You see, he knew U-M was the school for him when he committed last June.

So when Michigan announced the firing of former coach Brady Hoke in early December, Newsome never wavered. Instead, he stuck to his commitment for the same reasons he chose the Maize & Blue earlier in the summer.

“Academics are important,” Newsome told Scout.com. “Michigan is a great academic school. But not only that, but once I got on campus I got a great feeling with the program and the coaches that were there. Also just from the school in general. I got on campus and felt this was the school I wanted be for the next four of five years.”

At 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, Newsome is rated the No. 32 OT tackle in Scout.com 2015 player rankings. A standout at Lawrenceville (N.J.) School, Newsome, however, was relieved when Michigan announced Jim Harbaugh as its new head football coach in late December.

“Very happy to have this process over,” Newsome said. “Obviously coach Harbaugh is a pretty good coach and pretty good person as well. I am really excited to have him on board.

“He’s a very intense guy. He’s very similar to [former U-M coach Brady Hoke]. They are both very genuine people. That’s one thing that was shown through immediately that he’s a very genuine person.”

Newsome said Harbaugh thanked him over the phone for staying true to his commitment. He says his focus now is on getting other top players to join his 2015 class.

“He thanked me for staying committed and being one of the guys who could hold down and stay committed,” Newsome said. “We just talked about moving forward and getting other guys on board. We’re just moving forward into the summer and getting better.”

For more on Newsome: please watch his Scout Spotlight video below.


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