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April 24, 2008Four-star quarterback Kevin Newsome of Chesapeake (Va.), Rivals.com's No. 39 player from the class of 2009, has committed to Michigan.
"We called the coaches this morning and Kevin talked to Coach [Rich] Rodriguez and committed," Kevin Newsome Sr. told Rivals.com's Mike Farrell this morning. "Coach Rodriguez was excited."
Newsome told Farrell today in informing him of his decision that he loved his visit to U-M, noting it was the only visit he took where he left campus 100 percent happy and without any concerns. He also feels he's a good fit for the Michigan offense.
"If you're good enough for the NFL, you're good enough for the NFL," he said. "Anywhere you go in the country, as a quarterback, you are going to have to do what you have to do to become a better quarterback from studying film, repetition throwing the football, working with your wide receivers and working with the athletes and obviously Michigan's going to have the athletes. Just like anywhere else, you're going to have to pay your dues and work hard."
There was a variety of things that stood out to Newsome after his visit, he told TheWolverine.com after his visit.
"I really loved the coaching staff with Coach [Rich] Rodriguez and Coach [Fred] Jackson," he said. "I love the winning tradition of Michigan. I really believe Michigan is the Godfather of college football and that's what makes the Michigan-Ohio State game so notorious.
"Campus-wise, everything was big. It's the Big House. I can't even describe the different buildings, the practice field, the weight room - all those things were top of the line."
While visiting Michigan, Newsome and his family were able to meet and discuss the academic aspects of Michigan with academic advisor Shari Acho, something Newsome's mother specifically referred to as a highlight of his April 12 weekend visit
"I loved Miss Shari too," Newsome said. "I believe I want to major in Business type subjects and Michigan's Business School [compared] around the United States is one of the top, so that's already a great advantage for Michigan."
As a junior, Newsome passed for approximately 1,500 yards and ran for 600 more as a dual-threat quarterback. He had also visited Penn State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Duke among others.
Newsome is Michigan's sixth commitment, the third in the top 50 nationally.
To watch the exclusive Rivals.com video interview from earlier this month, click here.