A bit of unhappy news on the recruiting front today for the Wolverines. Five-star dual-threat quarterback Kevin Newsome (VA) has de-committed.
There is no solid reason yet, but it's pretty safe to say there are a few factors involved here. Rumor has it that Newsome didn't think Rich Rodriguez and his offense could get him into the NFL as a quarterback. That remains speculation at this point.
What isn't speculation is that anyone who knew him was in his ear about leaving his options open, taking visits and continuing to be recruited. Penn State and Virginia Tech have been rumored to be heavily recruiting him. No doubt that this played a factor.
Newsome is a big (6-foot-3, 220 pounds), Donovan McNabb-type, only faster (4.5 40 time). He has worlds of potential, but is also a bust risk, as are most guys who have the tools but need the coaching. His ceiling was certainly higher than just about anyone Michigan could bring in.
So what does that mean for Michigan and the quarterback slot? Well, a slight downgrade, but things will be okay.
We still have a commit from dual-threat quarterback Shavodrick Beaver (TX) and it appears that Tate Forcier (CA), younger brother of former Michigan quarterback Jason Forcier, is all but a Michigan lock. Forcier will announce his choice in September.
Forcier is a high-accuracy guy and, while he might not be a sprinting champion like Newsome, he's certainly not immobile. He's very much the solid, get-the-job-done-as-quietly-as-possible kind of guy. I'll definitely settle for that.
Also on the recruiting front, kicker Anthony Fera committed to Michigan as well. Fera is one of the most highly-regarded kickers in the nation, one of only a few to garner a three-star rating. He has a huge leg, capable of hitting 55-yarders.
Stay tuned for any more Michigan recruiting news.