The 6-4 1/2, 217 pounder is drawing early comparisons to Vince Young as just a high school junior, but Newton says he can handle the pressure.
"That's going to come regardless, but you've still got to keep a level head," Newton says. "It makes you better. Everybody puts all this pressure on you so you've got to play to the expectations and that's what I'm trying to do."
Newton, who has a cannon of an arm and plenty of athletic ability, was a standout at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in early January, but took it easy at the Kennedy/CES Combine in Duluth, Ga., on Jan. 21 because of a basketball game the night before and another basketball game that day.
"I average 10 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks," says the quarterback/power forward. "I will be going to college as a football player, not for basketball. Most definitely it's football."
Newton didn't do any running at the combine, but nearly jumped off the board during the standing long jump and had one of the top vertical leaps at 39 inches.
He also posted impressive numbers on the field as a junior, throwing for 2,500 yards and 23 scores while adding 638 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. His team was knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by Gainesville, but with loads of talent returning Newton is expecting more this season.
"Championship, no doubt," he says. "This is the last year and we're trying to win it all. We've got plenty of D-I prospects on our team so there's no doubt that we should be high ranked. We're trying to get it all this year."
All three Westlake players are expected to receive many scholarship offers. Newton says that he's been getting plenty of letters and wants to stay in the Southeast.