Michigan, Georgia land top juniors as quarterbacks become sparse
Schools seeking an elite quarterback in the recruiting class of 2009 had better hurry. The ranks of the uncommitted grow thinner by the day. On Thursday, Western Branch (Chesapeake, Va.) quarterback
Newsome, ranked No. 39 overall for 2009 by Rivals.com, seems an ideal fit for Michigan coach
"There was only one school that, when I left, I had no doubts," Newsome said. "There were no negative aspects to the trip."
Murray, a pro-style passer ranked the No. 48 overall prospect by Rivals.com, announced his choice at a news conference at his high school. Murray, whose finalists were Georgia, Florida and UCLA, declined to play the "pick the hat" game. Instead, he sported a black suit and black tie, adding a black Georgia hat only after he made his announcement.
"After exhaustive research on each of the schools, the many visits, the countless conversations and the never-ending prayers, I selected the school that from the first time I went there to attend a camp, I knew the school was for me," Murray said after sucking in a deep breath. After Murray announced that he had chosen the Bulldogs, several of his teammates began barking.
"Every time I left, I just wanted to go back," Murray said. "I love the coaches, the intensity and the competitive practices."
It was no secret that Murray was coveted by Florida coaches, but Murray said last week that he didn't have emotional ties to any home-state teams. Also, the Gators are fairly stocked at quarterback. Heisman Trophy winner
Murray and Newsome each could compete for early playing time, depending on what happens at their chosen schools this season. Georgia starting quarterback
"What quarterback wouldn't want to start all four years?" Newsome said with a laugh.