Four-Star Newsome Talks Penn State Trip

Lawrenceville, N.J., junior tackle was on campus Saturday and plans to visit again this summer.

Saturday's visit to University Park didn't change the way Grant Newsome thinks about Penn State. Rather, it reaffirmed it.

The Lawrenceville, N.J., four-star tackle had been heavily recruited by Bill O'Brien's staff, and that hasn't changed with James Franklin in town. The unofficial visit for the Lions' spring concluding Blue-White Game proved it.

"I was impressed not just with Coach Franklin and his staff, but by the whole atmosphere that was there," Newsome said. "One of the biggest highlights was sitting and watching the game with so many other recruits."

Newsome was one of approximately 80 prospects on campus for the day, and he got to know plenty of his peers. The junior and his newfound friends were impressed by the crowd (an announced 72,000), the creation of a game-like atmosphere for a scrimmage and the support from the fan base.

Their energy equaled that of Franklin. The tackle spoke with him, as well as offensive line coach Herb Hand.

"Everyone had the same message: Penn State is building something special," Newsome said. "They're trying to return to the era of dominance Penn State had, and they're very confident in what they are building.

"They want me to be a part of it."

The 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle is sought by many programs who want him to be a part of their future. The Lions have something many of them can't offer, though, he said.

"One of the more appealing things, not just to me but other linemen, is that because there is not a whole lot of depth, there is a chance to play earlier there then you would at another school," Newsome said. "That's one of the biggest selling points.

"I'm not sure exactly what Coach Hand wants, but I know they have two linemen already, and they are looking at tackles."

The doors of Lawrenceville High will be swung wide open in the next few weeks, as coaches from around the country stop by during the spring contact period. Penn State is one of the programs expected to stop in, and Newsome said he's looking forward to seeing all the coaches who come by.

The same goes for the summer, when the junior said he will take more visits. He's likely to see Penn State then, too.

"I want to get back to Penn State just to spend a day and see more of the facilities and campus," Newsome said, "and meet with the academic support to get the full package."

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