Newsome Visiting Two, Nearing Decision

Garden State four-star tackle is set to make return trips to a pair of Big Ten programs.

Florham Park, N.J. — Grant Newsome has enjoyed the recruiting process, yet knows it is drawing to a close.

The Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep four-star offensive tackle has 27 offers, and has been courted by more than 30 schools. With an end-of-June decision pending, though, the junior said two programs are standing out.

"I'm definitely getting back to Penn State, and I'm definitely getting back to Michigan," Newsome said.

The tackle wouldn't go as far as saying the two make up his top two, adding he doesn't plan to narrow his list or announce a top group before deciding.

Nonetheless, Newsome has recently visited both programs, and has come away impressed with both. At Michigan, line coach Darrell Funk and the experience of spending time with current Wolverine players stood out. At Penn State, the tackle was pleased with his Blue-White Game experience, including the atmosphere at Beaver Stadium, and the Lions' ability to offer early playing time.

"They really stood out as places I want to see [again]," Newsome said. "Penn State, I was only there for the spring game, so I want to go back and see the academics and everything like that.

"With Michigan, my mom wasn't able to come out with us so she wanted to make sure she was able to come out and see it, too."

Newsome said the two programs are the only ones he is certain he will visit in late May or early June, but he did travel to the New York Jets practice facility Sunday for a Nike Football Training Camp. The junior said he was excited to take part in the event to showcase his skills and see other top prospects.

Some of them were current Nittany Lion commitments, and Newsome chatted with plenty of them.

"They were just talking about how excited they are for Penn State and what they think [head] Coach [James] Franklin is going to build there," Newsome said. "They were talking about how excited they are about what kind of future they think Penn State is going to have."

Before competing Sunday, Newsome did not rule out adding other visits. In terms of the Nike event, he was one the camp's best offensive lineman thanks to a consistent ability to turn his advanced technique into a successful block of charging rushers.

He considers his recruitment a success, as well.

"It's been a lot more than I expected it to be in a good way," Newsome said. "[The] attention, recognition and offers are great. and the whole process kind of blew up a lot more than I thought it would.

"I'm looking forward to just getting recruiting off my mind and start focusing. I want to probably decide late June."


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