The 6-3, 252-pound defensive lineman earned a scholarship offer from Coach Gus Malzahn’s team after a standout performance at an AU camp in June. He committed almost immediately after that, choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville and Pittsburgh.
Asked if he still feels good about the decision, the rising senior at The First Academy said his commitment is solid to the Tigers and he has no plans to visit any other colleges.
Instead, he is focused on getting ready to be a two-way player as a senior. “I am going to play running back this season and my plan is to rush for 2,000 yards,” he said. “Really, that is what I am going to try to do.”
Newkirk noted that he is eager to get the season started. “There are a lot of young bucks coming in on our team and we are looking pretty good,” he said. “We have been working hard in the offseason and we are working hard on making a playoff run.”
Commenting on his weekend visit to Auburn, Newkirk said, “We had a picnic with all of the recruits and the offensive and defensive guys got to know each other. We did a little fishing and we just talked and had a good time. Then we split into offensive and defensive groups and went over Auburn schemes.”
Asked which coach he spent the most time with on his visit, Newkirk said, “I talked the most to Coach (Scott) Fountain, who is my recruiting coach.”
The prospect said he enjoys being around Coach Gus Malzahn’s staff. “They care for the players in more than just football. They want to help them become men.”
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