May 2, 2008

Newton remains on Irish radar

Despite throwing for nearly 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns last season, Morgan Newton wasn't sure he'd ever see his first scholarship offer. Now, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback from Carmel, Ind., holds 15 offers and has drawn interest from many more major college programs.

"I wasn't even sure if I was going to be recruited at all; I didn't know," Newton said. "I had probably like eight before Christmas and 15 now. I don't know if I ever really expected it, but I'm glad they came."

Newton's offer list includes schools from the Big Ten, SEC, ACC, Big 12, Big East and the Mid-American Conference. During his school's spring break he was able to check out several of those programs.

"I visited a lot of colleges," he said. "I went to Kentucky, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State, North Carolina and Virginia and I also went to Illinois."

Many of those same schools already have sent coaches to Carmel High during the spring evaluation period.

"(Indiana), Purdue, Kentucky, Illinois, Clemson, Virginia, NC State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida, lot of people have been in to the school," he said.

He's also hearing from Notre Dame, though that Irish interest isn't as strong as it was earlier in the recruiting process.

"I hear from them every once in a while-not like I used to but they still contact my athletic director," Newton said. "They haven't really been recruiting me that hard. I think it's one of those things where they just want to stay in touch."

Newton said he used his unofficial visits to help him learn more about each school and what they have to offer academically and athletically.

"I was just looking out there and finding things out and seeing what was important," he said. "The coaching staff is important and having a chance to play at the next level is important; what my family thinks is important-all those and education obviously is important."

Throughout the rest of the spring and summer, Newton plans to continue to throw and work in the weight room to prepare for next season. He also hopes to fit in a few more unofficial visits and a couple of camps, too.

Those visits could lead to a summer decision. If not, he'll take his time and make that choice when the time is right.

"I thought about it and all I can say is when it's right I'll make my decision," he said. "When we get really comfortable with a place, that's when we'll make that decision."

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