The Garden State blocker wrapped up a two day visit at University Park Thursday afternoon. He talks…
Newsome Returns From Penn State, Michigan
The Lawrenceville (N.J.) School four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome made his much-anticipated visits to Penn State and Michigan, and now he is thinking about his next move. Whether that includes more visits, though, is still undecided. "I don't have a timetable yet," Newsome said. "I'm really going to get back with my family, talk things over and I'm going to go from there." Newsome, who is 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, could also make a trip to Alabama or Georgia, and Wisconsin and Ohio State are also asking for him to make trips. But he still doesn't know whether or not that will happen. "I'm not sure yet," he said. "I may take one or two more, but I'm starting to close down on visits. I want to get it done and relax so I can focus on my senior year since it's my last season." The trip to Penn State enabled Newsome to get his first in-depth look at the school beyond the football program. "For me , Penn State was important because the first time I was there, I was there only for the spring game," Newsome said. " I hadn't seen the academic side. I think it was a really good visit from that standpoint because I was able to see a lot of the academic side that I wasn't able to see before." Newsome made the trip with his mom, and met with academics advisors and learned about the alumni network. And as excitement builds in Happy Valley for coach James Franklin, who has the nation's second-rated class, Newsome has the comfort of knowing the Nittany Lions will wait for his decision and are not pushing hard. "They definitely mentioned that they are limited on spots, but he said I have as much time as I need to make that decision," Newsome said. "I think it's a really good message for me because it means the coach understands I have a time table and he is giving me time to make my decision as well." Much like the trip to Penn State Newsome's visit to Michigan helped aid the process and allowed his mom to see the program for the first time. "It was pretty similar to the last visit I took when I was out there in late April," he said. "The only difference is this time my mom was out there instead of my dad. It was a very good visit. It was good to meet the coaching staff again." Newsome was hosted by tight end A.J. Williams, but he was able to meet a lot of the players. "I was able to hang out with a lot of the offensive linemen, so that was a really good experience," he said. "I think it was really positive. I was able to get (insight) from their players, and the players aren't going to (lie) to you. They're going to tell you how it is with the coaches, and about the program in general." Although Newsome will make his own decision, getting the opportunity for his mom to see both campuses was paramount. "She, along with my dad and my entire family, are pretty big players in this as well," Newsome said. "It's really important for her to like the school, and like the coaching staff as well."
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