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Michigan beats Lions in pursuit of touted QB

April 25, 2008
By Philip Cmor,
Another of Penn State’s top football recruiting targets for 2009 is headed elsewhere. reported Thursday that Kevin Newsome, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback from Western Branch High School in Chesapeake, Va., who is ranked among the country’s top 50 prospects, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Michigan.

Believed to be one of the Nittany Lions’ top two quarterback prospects for this recruiting year along with California’s Tate Forcier, Newsome was considered a signal-caller in the mold of Michael Robinson and someone who could have eased the loss of prize Jeannette QB Terrelle Pryor this year. Newsome was a 1,600-yard passer and 500-yard rusher as a junior, accounting for 23 touchdowns.

Newsome is the fourth high-priority prospect for the Lions to commit to another college this spring. First, Philadelphia receiver JaRon Stokes chose Tennessee. Earlier this week, Gateway linebacker Dorien Bell and Jeannette running back/defensive back Jordan Hall announced for Ohio State.

The Lions also missed out on Philadelphia quarterback Tom Savage, who picked Rutgers on April 18. There are conflicting reports, however, as to whether or not Penn State had made a scholarship offer to Savage, although they were involved with him to some degree.

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