Staff, Players Attracted Newsome to Michigan

Four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome of The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School committed to Michigan on Wednesday, and he detailed his rationale during an interview with

The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome visited a few handfuls of schools, and from that whittled it down his choices to Penn State and Michigan.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Newsome felt for a while Michigan was the right choice, but two-day visits to both campuses last week cemented his decision.

"For me, it was just the family atmosphere I got from there," Newsome said. "From the coaching staff and from the players, they all seem like they are really tight knit, and they seem like they really care about each other beyond football.

"That was the thing that pushed it over the top for me, kind of separated itself from some other schools."

While Newsome already had the feeling, and his dad experienced Michigan during a spring visit, the trip that sealed it for the family was this latest one.

Unlike Newsome's previous visit to campus, his mom was on this one.

"This last time was more for my mom, and also to re-confirm some of the feelings I had for Michigan from the last time," he said. "It was good for her to see some of things I saw and my dad saw the first time. I think this visit was more for me just making sure I still felt the same about Michigan."

Newsome was recruited to play left tackle for the Wolverines, but he knows that is merely a subjective view. When he gets to campus and begins learning the blocking schemes and technique, the staff will place him in the spot they find best suits his needs.

However, Newsome is keen on the idea of playing left tackle at Michigan.

"I think it's nice to know where a coach sees you and what his vision is for you, but at the same time I'm going to play wherever I'm needed and wherever I can play to get on the field the quickest," he said. "I think it's important, but I also realize it's pretty hard to play left tackle in the Big Ten, so I'm going to play wherever they want me to play and wherever I can get on the field."

Newsome announced his decision Wednesday morning, and by the evening was already feeling the relief of having recruiting behind him. He said he will not entertain calls, emails or twitter direct messages from other coaches, and is content in his choice.

"It feels great," he said. "It feels incredible. It feels like I have a weight lifted off my shoulders and I can't wait to become part of Team 136."

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