August 19, 2008

QB Newsome back on the market

Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy quarterback Kevin Newsome has long been rumored to be wavering on his commitment to Michigan back in April. On Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 217-pounder decided to de-commit from the Wolverines and open things back up.

"We called and left a message for coach Rodriguez, unfortunetly we couldn't reach him but we'll talk to him when he calls back," said Kevin Newsome Sr., the father of the talented signal-caller from Chesapeake, Va. "We just want to be certain and make sure we're making a good, solid choice here. We're still considering Michigan and Kevin really likes the school and the coaches, but we felt it wouldn't be fair to look around and be unsure while still staying committed."

Newsome, who enrolled at Hargrave this month, chose the Wolverines over offers from programs like Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, West Virginia, North Carolina and others back in April. However, the decision was made a bit too soon.

"We made a bit of a hasty decision," said Newsome Sr. "Kevin has really matured and grown a lot since he committed to Michigan back in April. He's matured already being at Hargrave and we realized that maybe we decided too quickly and didn't get to see or talk to some schools that might be of interest to him."

So now that he's no longer committed, what schools will Newsome look at?

"Right now he's 110-percent focused on his time at Hargrave and getting this team off the ground there," said his father. "So we're not going to really speculate on schools. Kevin had a lot of offers before he committed and some schools that came in after and right now we just wanted to open it up when it comes to choices for him.

"There were some schools that didn't feel comfortable recruiting him when he was committed and we didn't feel comfortable talking to schools while he was committed so now we can start things over. But Michigan is a great place and Kevin really liked it there so they will be considered."

As a junior, Newsome rushed for more than 600 yards and passed for more than 1,500. He's joining the Hargrave post-graduate football team as a true senior in the same way Southern Cal wideout Vidal Hazelton, LSU running back Keiland Williams and North Carolina defensive lineman Quinton Coples did in recent years.

Michigan continues to recruit San Diego (Cali.) Scripps Ranch quarterback Tate Forcier and Mirimar, Fla. quarterback Eugene Smith. They already have a commitment from Wichita Falls (Tex.) Rider quarterback Shavodrick Beaver and the Wolverines plan on taking at least two quarterbacks in this recruiting class.

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