Update: During a conversation with TheWolverine.com, Adam Friedman, Rivals' Mid-Atlantic expert, praised Newsome's commitment, saying that he was an excellent addition for the Wolverines on the field and in the locker room.
Per TheWolverine.com's Michael Spath, Friedman said the following about Hoke's seventh commit of the 2015 class ($):
Grant is the type of player that could be a two- to three-year starter on a big-time offensive line. He has an incredible frame and there is a lot for any offensive line coach to work with there…
He's very, very smart. The type of guy that can be a leader on the team, especially on the offensive line directing traffic and calling audibles, and making adjustments on the fly…
He's also a kid with an incredible work ethic. He's someone that you want in your locker room, a player that teammates can rally around.
On joining Michigan:
It's a very good decision. He went to a place that really fits what he wants. He wanted a high academic institution that needed offensive linemen and they clearly recruited him very hard and appealed to everything that he wanted.
Here comes a redshirt:
Grant isn't a kid that can step in right away because he does need to add strength all over his body, upper and lower, but he has pretty much everything you can't teach. He has the size. He already has very good technique. Michigan needs to get him stronger, which will help him become a better run-blocker.
Newsome, the seventh commit, is the No. 19-ranked OT, per 247Sports, and chose the Wolverines over Penn State, Alabama, Arkansas and, among others, Cal. At 6'6" and 290 pounds, he's a prime physical specimen who'll hopefully make a smooth transition and contribute to an O-line that's in desperate need of assistance.
Needless to say, plenty of folks approve of Hoke's latest acquisition. It's certainly a quality pick up, no doubt there.
Grant Newsome will take Michigan from No. 30 to No. 27 in the Rivals team rankings: https://t.co/r7mZsn9TGK— Tim Sullivan (@TimS_Wolverine) June 11, 2014
Grant Newsome to Michigan, four-star OT. The Wolverines continue to get it done on the recruiting trail.— Chris Balas (@Balas_Wolverine) June 11, 2014
As of June 11, Michigan had the No. 30-ranked class in the nation and No. 4-ranked class in the Big Ten, per 247Sports.
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