April 24, 2008

Newsome talks Michigan

Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch quarterback Kevin Newsome found the place he loved on his unofficial visit to Ann Arbor to check out the Michigan Wolverines last weekend. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder decided there was no better time than now to make a commitment to his favorite school.

"Kevin committed to Michigan this morning," said his father, Kevin Newsome Sr.. "He spoke to coach Rodriguez and he was very excited to have Kevin on board."

Newsome, who has visited numerous schools including North Carolina, Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, Illinois and others, felt great about his visit at Michigan.

"It was the only visit that my family and I left without any real questions and felt happy about," the quarterback said. "The offense is certainly a question mark because I'd rather throw the ball more than run, but I think I fit into it well and they said they'd throw the ball more because I'm more of a complete passer than they've had in the past.

"The academic support was great, the campus was nice, I liked the players and spent some time talking to Brandon Minor who's from Virginia and he recommended it. I've done a lot of traveling and I'm tired of it. Between track and seeing schools, I'm tired and I felt Michigan was the place for me. I talked it over with my parents and we agreed to make the move."

He knows he won't be the only quarterback in the class of 2008 for Michigan as well.

"I know they want to take two and they're looking at Tate Forcier, Eugene Smith and some others," he said. "I'm not really worried about that. They told me I was their top guy and I know I have to compete. I just think the school and the football situation fit me right."

Newsome, who also had offers from Virginia Tech, Boston College, Nebraska, Penn State, Virginia and others as well as the schools he visited, threw for 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns, while rushing for 500 yards and 11 scores as a junior.

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