Grant Newsome (McLean, Va./The Lawrenceville School) hadn't counted on a visit from Penn State last November. The 2015 offensive tackle, in just his second year playing football, wasn't even sure he'd start until a few months before.
His mind was less focused on scholarships and more in tune with the playbook, picking up new plays and learning new responsibilities. But, while wallking briskly to the cafeteria one day, he felt the phone buzz in his pocket -- and, in a text, his coach told him he had a visitor. His first-ever visitor.
PSU assistant Jon Strollo reclined inside his coach's classroom while Newsome took a detour from lunch. He was halfway in denial and halfway excited that someone had driven about 200 miles just to say hello.