Notre Dame is in the early stages of its recruitment of Grant Newsome, but the 2015 New Jersey offensive lineman is already looking to try to get to South Bend.
The Irish have contacted the 6-foot-7, 280-pounder’s coach at Lawrenceville Prep in Lawrenceville, N.J. and have also sent Newsome some letters.
“They said to keep getting better, that they’re interested in me and they’ll be watching my junior season pretty closely,” Newsome said of the message from Notre Dame.
He doesn’t know a ton about the Irish program at this point, but is looking forward to learning more.
“Pretty much what I know is obviously from the national championship last year, but there’s definitely a lot I have left to learn and want to learn about Notre Dame,” said Newsome, who added that he’ll definitely be doing some research.
He could end up learning a ton about the Irish if he’s able to make a trip to South Bend later this month.
“I’ve been looking at possibly going out the 28th for the Oklahoma game,” he said. “I still have to check with my parents, but that’s definitely very possible.”
Lawrenceville Prep has a bye week the last weekend of September, which could make the trip to South Bend possible. He took a visit to Rutgers and Stanford this summer, but doesn’t have any plans cemented at this point.
“I haven’t set up any yet,” he said. “I’m really just trying to focus on the season more and once my season’s over, I’ll take visits.”
Newsome is already the owner of several offers.
“I have eight,” he said. “Rutgers, University of Virginia, Old Dominion, Penn State, Temple, Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke.”
He’s excited to have the offers he does, but he’s definitely not content.
“Obviously it’s a blessing,” said Newsome. “It’s great to have this many opportunities, but at the same time, it helps me to keep focused and try to get better because the competition is only going to get harder and harder as you move up.”
In addition to Notre Dame, Newsome is receiving a ton of attention from “a bunch of other schools.”
Newsome believes his athleticism and attitude have attracted the attention of college scouts.
“I think it’s my flexibility, my bend, my pass blocking ability and just the hard work and work ethic I have,” he said.
He knows what he’s looking for in a college.
“Definitely a school that has a good mix of academics and athletics and a place where I feel like I could succeed.”