"Everything is excellent," Newton said. "I'm on cloud nine right now as far as Auburn. Everything is on the up and up with Auburn football with coach (Gene) Chizik in full effect and having control of this program. It's a positive thing. As a recruit you want to see that."
Holding offers from all over the country, the 6-6, 245 Newton said he could have a decision as early as next week and definitely within the next 10 days. Having already graduated from Blinn College already, Newton said he's planning to enroll and go through spring practice at his school of choice.
"I can't really say I have a leader right now because at the end of the day I've got to put it all out," Newton said. "I like what I've seen in Mississippi State. I like what I've seen at Oklahoma, and I like what I've seen at Auburn. I wish I could every two weeks go to this school and this school and this school, but you can't do that. As a player and an athlete my job is to make the best decision for me. Just put it all out on the table."
That school could be Auburn after Newton was offered by the Tigers following his visit. He said that makes already a tough decision even tougher.
"Auburn is out there," Newton said. "I talked to coach Chizik and they're making it hard on me…it's a major plus as far as recruiting and me committing. There's a lot of stuff that I have to get cleared with my father. He's preaching. I'm going home a happy guy knowing the school I'm interested in is on the rise."
Very familiar with Auburn from his time as a recruit coming out of Westlake High in Atlanta, Newton said he just wanted to check out the Tigers again to get a feel for the campus, players, coaches, etc. He said after seeing the coaching staff and being around them, he's excited about the staff Chizik has put together.
"My whole focus on going to Auburn was not the glitz and the glamour," Newton said. "Not the parties. I wanted to talk football. I wanted to see the people they were talking about. Me going out there to practice, it was real. You've got coach Troop (Trooper Taylor), coach Lupe (Curtis Luper), high energy guys that you want around you that are going to keep your morale up as a player.
"Coach (Gus) Malzahn, honestly in my opinion, is one of the top up and coming coordinators in the country," he added. "It's getting real big at Auburn."
One of the big selling points for Newton is Malzahn and his offensive system. Putting up big numbers this season, Newton said he likes what he sees out of the Tigers.
"The offense is really different, but it's different in explosiveness," Newton said. "Coach Malzahn is telling me the stats that he's had and the accolades that he's been given. There is no question of will this offense work or will this program work? He's got the stats to back it up. Tulsa, boom he's got that. He goes and makes an average quarterback good. He's telling me that he can make a good quarterback great. That's the stuff I want to hear and put in my mental notebook that will make an impact down the road."
Hosted on his visit by Mario Fannin, Newton said he spent a great deal of time with the players on the team including kicker Wes Byrum, who played with Newton in the Under Armour All-American game. He also spent time with several of the wide receivers and struck up a bond with guys he could be throwing to next season.
"You just sense a vibe," Newton said. "They were looking at me like ‘come on'. It's funny, but at the same time you like that because you're important for them to even give you that type of attention."
With Chris Todd gone after a year in which he set the Auburn single season record for touchdown passes with 21, the Tigers are looking for a replacement. Junior Neil Caudle, redshirt freshman Barrett Trotter, and true freshmen Clint Moseley and Tyrik Rollison are all expected to battle for the job beginning in spring practice. Newton said if he chooses Auburn it will be for the chance to win the job and pick up where Todd left off.
"From day one I wanted to go somewhere where I'm going to be competing to be the man," Newton said. "I'm going to train myself mentally, physically, and every way to be the best so come game time it's no secret the success is brought upon by hard work."
He finished the 2009 season with over 2,800 yards and 22 passing touchdowns and added 655 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground as Blinn finished the year 11-1. That included a national championship with a 31-26 win over Fort Scott in the championship game.