“It’s just the coaching staff, the way they conduct themselves around the players and the way they love one another,” Newkirk said. “It’s just a brotherhood around there.”
Getting the chance to sit down with Coach Gus Malzahn and Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp along with Defensive line Coch Rodney Garner to talk about the possibilities on the defensive line for the Tigers, Newkirk said he felt comfortable around the staff and that is an important part of things for him.
“They are believers,” Newkirk said of the Auburn staff. “They are Christ-led. What can I say? They are good, quality people and it will be good when I come up there next year.”
Not planning to take any additional visits, Newkirk said he’s done with recruiting and is happy to be part of the Auburn family moving forward.
“I’m extremely blessed,” Newkirk said. “I’m very excited for what is upcoming for me.”
Playing both running back and defensive end for The First Academy, Newkirk is a two-way standout in high school but will play defense for the Tigers. With a 40-yard dash time of better than 4.7 seconds, he's an explosive athlete that should fit in well with Auburn's defense.