2015 OT Newsome Visits Michigan, Decision Coming Soon
Four-star offensive tackle Grant Newsome (Mclean, VA) was in Ann Arbor this weekend for what appears to be a visit that could go a long way into bringing him in as a part of the 2015 recruiting class.
The two leaders for Newsome as of Monday morning are the Wolverines and Penn State, where he visited this past Thursday.
Newsome broke down his visit in detail for 247's Steve Lorenz, where he explains the coaches he talked to and some of the academic factors that will play into his decision. You can check out that piece here. ($)
In this recruiting battle, I do believe that the Michigan Wolverines hold the edge for him for a couple reasons. First and foremost, because of the numbers game.
Michigan has only brought in one offensive lineman so far in 2015 with three-star legacy recruit Jon Runyan Jr. It looks like they'll take three offensive lineman. Penn State has already brought in two lineman and an additional three coming in from last year's class.
Academics are a huge factor in Newsome's decision, and Michigan is a place that holds up in that regard as well as many of the other schools in the nation. I think they have the advantage here, as well.
Newsome reportedly will be making a decision soon, perhaps in the next week or two, so we'll have to wait and see what happens, but my gut tells me he will be the next commitment to Michigan's 2015 recruiting class.
The 247 Crystal Ball agrees, with 60 percent of the predictions favoring the Wolverines.
Weber Visits Michigan Twice in Four Days
Michigan has been making a lot of news at the running back position in the last week or so, but the biggest shock of all came when four-star running back Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) released a top three list of schools that did not include the Wolverines.
With that, he says that they are still under heavy consideration, but it appears that the staff is now making a big effort to stay on his good side and hopefully add him as a part of their 2015 class.
Weber visited Michigan twice in the last week to speak with both Doug Nussmeier and Brady Hoke. Now on paper, it may seem like that signals that they have made a significant leap recently, but not so fast.
Weber lives about 45 minutes away from Ann Arbor, so zipping over there for a visit is not a giant commitment, but you have to like that he's been there twice in the last seven days.
Michigan's pitch to running backs will dramatically change, as there is only one spot up for grabs now with Ty Isaac transferring into the program.
The Wolverines now have the ability to put all of their eggs in one basket if they choose to do so. "This is your spot to lose" will be something that will be heard a lot by prospective players at the position.
The running back situation is about to get very interesting.
Jacques Patrick Spending Week in Michigan
Speaking of running backs, another guy that we've talked about before in this roundup that could possibly come out of nowhere to emerge as the guy Michigan takes as their running back in the 2015 cycle is four-star Jacques Patrick (Orlando, FL).
Patrick will be attending the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp in Detroit this Thursday and Friday. According to 247's Steve Lorenz, it appears that he will make his way to Michigan for a visit at some point. ($)
If he does decide to visit, the staff will have to make a huge impression to throw him back into the mix. He has long been the forgotten about name when it comes to who will be a part of this class. With the program only rolling with one running back now, the Wolverines will make their new pitch to him, as well.
Patrick has a brother that will be attending Western Michigan, so he does have ties to the state, so I would never say never with him, but he seems that he is destined to end up at Florida St. With 97 percent of the predictions on the 247 Crystal Ball sending him to Tallahassee, the nation seems to agree.
Michigan Offers Four-star Athlete
Michigan offered four-star 2016 athlete Levonta Taylor (Virginia Beach, VA) over the weekend, joining several other Big Ten schools who have done the same.
Taylor projects as a college corner and has offers in the conference from the Wolverines, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
It's still early in the process, but it appears that Virginia will be the team to beat for him. With the Big Ten's elite after him, that could change quickly.
That's it for Monday. Join us again Wednesday for the latest news and notes on Michigan football recruiting.
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