Greg Newman: Camping and weighing his options

<b>Greg Newman</b>, a talented LB/DE recruit who is being pursued by some of the top schools in the country, is quite content to play the waiting game right now.

The 6' 4", 235-pound LDS prospect from Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California, has been contacted by most PAC-10 schools, Oklahoma, Colorado and BYU. He lists his favorites as Oklahoma, Colorado, USC, Washington and BYU.

"I've talked with Coach (BYU assistant Barry) Lamb a bit and he's been out here to see me play."

Newman's immediate plans include attending Colorado's camp June 15 where, he believes, they will likely offer him a scholarship.

Says Newman: "Colorado has been after me probably the hardest. They seem to really like what I can bring to the program. I also really like Colorado." Newman also plans on attending USC's one-day camp June 22.

He lists among his criteria for selecting a college: "The people, the coaching staff and mountains. I just love mountains. I really like to snowboard and would love to attend school in a mountainous environment."

Newman said he did not have any definite mission plans right now, but it's an option he will consider.

As for making a decision on which college he may sign with, Newman said he isn't close.

"I just want to play it out and wait to see who offers me scholarships and trips. I want to take the trips and weigh my options carefully. It won't be for a while before I decide."

One play from a game last season against Division 3 rival Notre Dame High School illustrates his caliber of play as much as any other.

"In the opening kick-off we were coming downfield. I was coming full speed at the kick returner. I just saw his eyes and I laid him out as hard as I could. I hit him so hard my body went numb. I couldn't feel my body for two plays," Newman recalled.

The opening hit brought "oohs" and "ahhs" from the crowd and set the tone for Newman throughout the game.

"The crowd and the cheers got me going. I was full of adrenaline, but I still couldn't feel my body at least two plays later. I had a good game though. I had 13 tackles that game."

As a sophomore, Newman started as a defensive tackle with the varsity football team. During his junior season last year, he was switched over as a 236-pound middle linebacker, solidifying the starting position at that spot.

"I was at 236 pounds when I made that hit (kick returner), but now I'm down to 225 pounds," he said.

Newman has dedicated himself to working out in the gym in preparation for his senior year. He has also been recognized as All League, All CIF, and All County in a tough division 4 league.

"I can bench press 185 pounds 22 times. My max is 295 and I squat 405, and my incline is 225."

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