Penn State lost out on a key offensive line recruit when offensive tackle Grant Newsome of Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep announced he had given an oral commitment to attend Michigan in 2015.
The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Newsome, regarded by Rivals.com as the fourth-best high school player in New Jersey and a four-star recruit, had narrowed his choice to either the Nittany Lions or the Wolverines.
Newsome issued a statement Wednesday in which he said Michigan “was the best fit athletically, academically and socially for me.”
But he also wrote that he wanted to give “a special thank you to coach (James) Franklin and his staff as well as the fans from Penn State. You are all great people and I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity and for recruiting me.”
For Franklin, whose 2015 recruiting class has been considered one of the best in the country, it marked a rare setback. Two weeks ago, linebacker Josh Barajas of Merrillville, Ind., flipped his commitment from Penn State to Notre Dame.
The Nittany Lions have received oral commitments for 2015 from two offensive linemen – Ryan Bates of Archbishop Wood and Sterling Jenkins of Pittsburgh.