Newton Chooses Tigers

Quarterback Cameron Newton has made a decison on where he will play for the 2010 season. A report with video highlights is featured.

Atlanta, Ga.--Auburn filled its fifth and final remaining spot to count back on the 2009 signee class when junior college star Cameron Newton chose Auburn over Mississippi State on New Year's Eve.

Newton, a 6-6, 245-pound quarterback from Blinn College in Texas, was originally recruited by Auburn as a high school player at Westlake in Atlanta by the former Auburn coaching staff.

"I ecstatic about my decision to go to Auburn," said Newton, who has signed scholarship papers to play for the Tigers. "I can't wait to get to Auburn to compete."

The quarterback will have two years of eligibility and will enroll for classes at Auburn in January. He will be able to participate in winter workouts and spring training to compete for the vacant QB job with starter Chris Todd being a senior.

Cameron Newton is shown in action as a junior college player.

Although Auburn was late getting on the recruiting scene with Newton as a junior college player, he said that he has developed a good relationship with head coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Gus Malzahn and noted that he is excited about the direction of the Auburn program.

"Coach Malzahn, honestly in my opinion, is one of the top up and coming coordinators in the country," he said. "It's getting real big at Auburn."

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said, "We're extremely pleased that Cameron Newton has decided to become a part of the Auburn family. In addition to being the nation's premier junior college player, we also feel like he's a great fit for Auburn."

Newton, who originally signed with Florida, was a backup to All-American Tim Tebow. He noted that he made the decision to transfer to Blinn to seek playing time and he got plenty of it there leading his team to the NJCAA national title. Blinn defeated Fort Scott from Kansas 31-26 in the championship game.

He finished his sophomore season by passing for more than 2,800 yards with 22 touchdowns. A strong runner, he added 16 rushing touchdowns and 655 yards leading his team to an 11-1 record.

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