Hargrave Notes: Good News, Bad News for Virginia Tech

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Kevin Newsome confirmed today the news that he had de-committed from the University of Michigan and reopened his recruiting process.

“I tell you what, man. Michigan is one of the greatest schools, period. The business school is top of the charts. The football is top of the charts. Everything is great about the University of Michigan. But me and my family discussed it, we talked over it and prayed over it and came to the conclusion that life is short and you only have four years to play college football and to go to college. As blessed and fortunate as I am to have as many scholarship offers as I have, I just want to be able to choose the right one,” Newsome said.

The 6-3, 220-pound quarterback prospect, a selection to the 2009 Army All-American Bowl game, plans to look at all comers and did not narrow his list to a certain number of schools.

“Everyone is in it,” said Newsome, who boasts scholarship offers from Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, among others. “I’m going to do all my research on all the schools. I’m going to look at all their backgrounds, look at all the coaches, look at all the players and even call up some guys to see what the program is all about. I just want to make the right decision.”

Virginia Tech appears to be a school the talented rising senior will strongly consider.

“Virginia Tech,” Newsome began when asked for some comments on the Hokies. “Coach Stinespring, Coach Beamer, Coach Newsome – I like his last name, by the way (laughs). Me and Coach Newsome joke. He is like, ‘when you come up here it’ll be another family reunion’. Virginia Tech is a great school. I’m just going to say they are great and they are up there. They are high on my list, but I’m definitely going to evaluate a lot of colleges and I’m going to look at everyone. I’m surely looking at them. Coach Beamer…how are you doing, coach? (laughs).”

“Every scholarship offer” will be considered, Newsome said, but for now he is anxious to begin his senior year. After attending Western Branch (Chesapeake,