QB Cameron Newton Visiting Tigers

Four-star junior college quarterback Cameron Newton talks about his upcoming visit to Auburn and making a fresh start this year at Blinn College.

Atlanta, Ga.--People don't always get a second chance, but that's exactly the case with four-star quarterback prospect Cameron Newton. After leaving Florida in the wake of legal problems, the former Westlake (Atlanta) standout showed up at Blinn College in Brenham, Tex., and led his team to a national championship this season in his only year as the starting quarterback.

Now the recruiting has started all over again as the 6-6, 245 Newton put up huge numbers this year on the way to the title. He finished the year with over 2,800 yards and 22 passing touchdowns and added 655 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers have schools from all over wanting to get him on campus, but Newton says he's down to just three schools as he prepares to make his decision.

"Right now it's Auburn, Mississippi State, and Oklahoma," Newton tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It's just those three."

Newton is not a stranger to Auburn as he was recruited briefly by the former staff, but never got an offer before signing with Florida. He says his feelings about Auburn haven't changed even though he was a Gator for a while in between visits and he's looking forward to seeing the campus this weekend on his official visit to the Plains.

"First of all I consider myself blessed to be able to get recruited for the second time," Newton says. "Being recruited by a powerhouse like Auburn is very special to me. Auburn year in and year out will have a great defense. That's the number one ingredient to having a national contender. With coach (Malzahn) taking over the offense his numbers are great.

"I plan on coming to Auburn this weekend and spending some time with the Tigers," Newton says. "My interest in Auburn has been because of the fact that Coach (Curtis) Luper has been recruiting me and he's done an excellent job throughout the past month. Coach (Gus) Malzahn has talked to me about the offense and how it's been in the past."

If Newton is successful on the next level he can thank his time at Blinn for that. Allowing him the chance to start fresh after moving on from Florida, Newton says he's a better player and person because of his time in Texas.

"Going to junior college was a humbling experience for me being that I was at the University of Florida, one of the top programs in the nation," Newton says. "Taking a step down it was an eye-opening experience that really had me swallowing my pride…I think I polished up my game with the passing game and being more consistent."

Cameron Newton

Newton left Florida after being accused of stealing a laptop from another student. The charges have since been dropped against Newton and he says his real reason for leaving Gainesville was that he wanted a chance to play.

"My experiences at Florida were excellent," Newton says. "My only negative at Florida was that I didn't get a chance to play. A lot of people got the vibe that I got kicked off the team because of a legal issue, but that legal issue took care of itself. All of the charges are dropped from it. I left Florida because I could see myself being a key component to a team and I wanted the chance to showcase my ability."

That chance came this season and Newton didn't knock on the door, he ran right through it. A physical presence known more for his running ability and strong but sometimes inaccurate arm coming out of high school and at Florida, Newton says he's become a better all-around player in the last year at Blinn.

"I'm probably more consistent, maturing in my game and knowing and recognizing coverages" Newton says. "My leadership skills have probably shown the most improvement of anything. I'm trying to be a leader on and off the field. Leading by example has been a big motivator for me."

Now all that is left for Newton is to make his decision. Able to enroll in the school of his choice and begin classes in January, Newton says his decision will come down to playing time and the ability to take over the reigns at the position.

"The thing that I'm looking for in a team is number one playing time," Newton says. "Without the playing time aspect I really don't think a team has a chance at me right now. I'm looking forward to coming in and making a major impact. The component of having me platoon with another player is out of the question.

"I feel like I have the talent to be a starting quarterback. The team that allows me to take the reigns will be the one I choose. At the end of the day my goal is to be an NFL quarterback and you can't tell me an NFL quarterback that has been successful on draft day that has platooned."


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