Four-star OT Newsome on a roll

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Since January 30 four-star offensive lineman Grant Newsome has picked up seven offers from all over the country. The standout from Lawrenceville (N.J.) Lawrenceville Prep has added offers from Cincinnati, Miami, Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia, Louisville and, most recently, Ohio State.

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"I don't know a whole lot about Ohio State," the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Newsome said. "I know they are a national powerhouse and I've talked with the coaching staff a few times. The football program really speaks for itself. I've been talking to coach (Ed) Warinner on and off over the past few weeks. He seems like a very good guy and very good coach. He's obviously doing something right over there. I have not visited Ohio State yet, but it is a place I would be very interested in seeing.
Newsome is a bit more familiar with Louisville, which he noted success earned a spot in a BCS bowl last year.
"I think I know a fair amount just from seeing them on TV and talking to their coaching staff," Newsome said. "It's definitely a school I would be interested in visiting and learning more about."
Newsome doesn't know much about West Virginia, but he is more familiar with the national programs.
"I know very little about West Virginia because I didn't follow them last year," he said. "It's a program that has had national powerhouse-like teams in the past and they have produced some great prospects. It's the type of school that I would be interested in.
"Miami is Miami. It's the same type of thing with Ohio State and Michigan. They are nationally recognized powerhouses and programs so I'm very interested in them."
With 20 offers, Newsome is trying to keep an open mind.
"I'm still pretty wide open to the whole process," said Newsome. "I have been communicating with all the school pretty frequently, so I know all the coaches pretty well. Academics are definitely going to affect my decision, but it won't be the deciding factor."
Newsome was planning on visiting Penn State this weekend but his basketball team advanced to the state semifinals and will play this weekend.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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