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Friday, December 18, 2009

Top JUCO quarterback Cameron Newton to visit Auburn

Quarterback Cameron Newton, the No. 1 junior college player in the country according to Rivals, will visit Auburn today through Sunday, according to the Tigers' three recruiting Web sites, AuburnSports.com, Inside the Auburn Tigers and AuburnUndercover.com.

The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Newton signed with Florida in 2007, serving as Tim Tebow's backup for two seasons before being kicked off the team last year after he was arrested and charged with stealing another student's laptop.

Newton transferred to Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas, where he led the team to the junior college national championship earlier this month. He threw for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns and ran for 655 yards and 16 more scores.

Charges of grand theft and tampering were dropped against Newton late last week after he completed a pretrial intervention program for first-time offenders, according to the Associated Press. Newton and his parents have maintained that the laptop situation was a misunderstanding.

A five-star recruit, Newton has also drawn interest from Arizona, Louisville, Kansas State, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Oklahoma, among others.

Rivals reported he has narrowed his choices to Auburn, Oklahoma and Mississippi State. He visited Oklahoma last weekend and Mississippi State in November. If he chose the Bulldogs, he would be reunited with former Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen.

Newton went to Westlake High in Atlanta, Ga., and considered coming to Auburn when Tommy Tuberville was the coach.

He has already graduated from Blinn CC and could enroll in a four-year school in January. He would have two years of eligibility remaining.


Anonymous said...

If he played 2 years at UF and one in JUCO, how does he have 2 left?

ExKnightMike said...

I read somewhere that he could apply for a medical redshirt for 2008, but there's no guarantee that the NCAA would approve that.

Maybe the medical redshirt has already been approved and that's how he played JUCO after playing two years at UF?

Anyway, how he has two years left is a good question that I'd like a definite answer to as well.

Kevin Combs said...

Supposedly, he got a medical redshirt in one of his UF seasons. My question is, are we looking at Newton because we don't expect Rollison to be around or are we just looking for more competition at the QB position?

Andy Bitter said...

His second season at Florida, he played in the season opener before injuring his ankle. Since it was so early in the year, he qualified for a medical redshirt.

And I would say Auburn is looking at Newton because he is one of the best options at quarterback out there, period. He was the No. 2 QB recruit in the country coming out of high school.

You don't pass up an opportunity to get someone with that skill set, especially since the only returning quarterback with starting experience next year is Kodi Burns, a wide receiver.

ExKnightMike said...

Thanks Andy for clearing the eligibility question up.

We have no heir apparent at QB, it's up for grabs to whoever wins the job.
I'm all for bringing this guy in and let 'em all fight it out.

Anonymous said...

AU is looking at Newton like the game changer that he is and you don't want to have to go against that kind of talent either, plus he has experience.