OT Piling Up Grant Offers

Where does Penn State stand with the big Class of 2015 Virginia offensive linemen Newsome, who is prepping in New Jersey? He gives the lowdown on that and more.

Grant Newsome touted four offers before he hit the summer camp circuit. Midway through June, the Class of 2015 Lawrenceville School (Lawrenceville, N.J.) offensive tackle is already up to five.

The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder had offers from Rutgers, Virginia, Temple, and Old Dominion prior to trekking to University Park June 1 for Penn State's first Advanced Skills Camp of the summer. He had previously talked with PSU tight ends coach John Strollo, who is leading his recruitment in New Jersey.

The trip to campus brought attention from line coach Mac McWhorter, who led Newsome and the rest of the prospects through drills throughout the day-long event.

It also led to a chat with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, who extended an offer once camp was complete.

"I really enjoyed Penn State and all the other camps I went to," Newsome said. "I thought there was a lot of good competition, and I learned a lot from the coaches. Things that I can take back to Lawrenceville and apply to my game.

"Obviously, they are a very impressive program, and have a lot of history. I really look forward to getting to know Penn State and its program and coaches more, and maybe getting up to a game this fall."

McLean, Va., is where the junior-to-be calls home when he's not at the New Jersey prep school. He said he and his family selected the school because of its mix of education and academics, which is what he was looking for when he left home at the beginning of his freshman year.

He's found it and more at Lawrenceville, including help on the recruiting scene. Big Red head coach Danny O'Dea has helped Newsome deal the calls from college coaches and set up visits to college campuses.

It's why he was able to understand the Scarlet Knights early interest, and offer, as well as gain a deeper perspective of what his second offer, which came in May from the Cavaliers, meant this early in the process.

"I talked with them later on in the spring, and I think it was around May when they offered me," Newsome explained when asked about Virginia. "I've been in contact with them some, and going down to their camp, and going to their campus and meeting [head] coach [Mike] London was great.

"I was glad to see what they had to offer. Obviously, they're another ACC school, and very good academically and athletically. They are another up-and-coming program."

As for Rutgers, Newsome made clear that the Scarlet Knights were the first program to recruit him. He doesn't quite know what he likes about each school that has shown interest him just yet, but he is sure that he appreciates, and is grateful for, their interest. He also knows he wants to learn more about each one as the summer turns into fall.

Of course, he's also aware that Rutgers will head into the Big Ten in 2014, and that conference switch is something he is keeping a watchful eye on.

"Coach [Kyle] Flood seems like a very good guy, and coach," Newsome said of Rutgers. "They are a very good up-and-coming program, and they are going to the Big Ten, which is very exciting.

"I think that's important, but what's more important is getting a feel for the program and school in general, and how you feel about the coaches and players in general."

No additional visits currently dot his summer schedule, though he doesn't rule out any being added. He is also considering unofficial visits to each of the schools that have offered him up to this point or 2013 home games.

With his head fully wrapped around the recruiting process, he's ready for whatever it throws his way, even if more offers mean more attention.

"I think the biggest thing is finding a school with a good mix of academics and athletics," Newsome said. "Somewhere that I can succeed and contribute."


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