What a crazy last few weeks it has been for the Michigan Wolverines football team. They are either adding players, recruiting heavily, or hosting recruits on a daily basis, and it seems like Brady Hoke is at it again.
Maybe now the offensive line can take a breath, at least for the 2015 class. They have added heavily coveted 2015 4-star offensive lineman Grant Newsome to the 2015 recruiting class, their second offensive line commit.
Newsome had offers from schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Michigan and Penn State, but ultimately ended up deciding today that he will be a Wolverine.
His commitment should make fans very happy, but they also need to know that Newsome comes in next year, so the offensive line play still needs work. He is a very solid lineman, so his arrival should help solidify a line that needs help, but will be one year closer, hopefully, to success.
If Newsome comes into a situation where he needs to wait, it may not be a bad thing. Tuning up skills and learning the offense will be beneficial to all parties, and could lead to a successful marriage.
Michigan has done a nice job of grooming their lineman in recent years, so I would not be surrounded to see Newsome on the field between his sophomore and junior year. I don’t think he plays immediately, but that should not take away from the player he can become.
I feel this way, mainly because of their recruiting classes in 2012 and 2013. They added guys like David Dawson, Logan Tuley-Tillman and several others who have a bit of a head start on Newsome. But that doesn’t mean he won’t see the field.
Mason Cole has stepped right in and made an impact this spring when he arrived, so Newsome can definitely do the same. The two could end up being starting tackles together, and that is great news for incoming running backs and quarterbacks. Two full-grown men anchoring your offense is music to these kids ears, and Michigan seems to be on the right track in terms of fixing their line trouble.
Newsome joins a roster that needs help, so if he plays similar to how Cole did this spring, it’s hard to turn that away. Like I said, I don’t see him coming in and immediately helping, but stranger things have happened.
Overall, I think that Michigan really got a great piece to their puzzle, and it should help calm the nerves for people worrying about the current recruiting class, as of now. Newsome is a 4-star prospect that bullies opposing lineman, and any addition of a player like that is great news. I look forward to seeing how he plays when he goes to Ann Arbor, and you should too.