Making the Cut

The Clemson Tigers are battling seven other programs for one of the nation's top quarterbacks in the class of 2009. Which other schools are officially in the mix? has the latest in this recruiting update.

QB Morgan Newton Profile

Five-star quarterback Morgan Newton has limited his visits so far this summer.

"I haven't really been on many visits lately," he told in a recent interview. "I have been to a few places around Indiana. I have been to Kentucky and Illinois.

"I have a trip planned in the middle of this month. I am going down to visit Florida and Miami. That will probably be my last visit this summer.

"I may take some visits this fall. It will depend on my schedule. I have not decided where I will take my official visits yet."

When asked about his current favorites in the recruiting process, Newton responded, "I don't really have any. But I have narrowed it down to eight schools. They are Indiana, Purdue, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami, Florida, Kentucky and Illinois in no particular order."

Which teams are recruiting the Scout 100 quarterback the hardest?

"It's hard to say. All of the schools I mentioned above. That seems like the schools that are after me the most," replied Newton.

The commitment timing is not clear for the Indiana standout, but it will likely be after he completes his senior season.

"I am not sure actually. I want to take as many officials as I can, but I don't want to waste time. I am really not sure about my officials or where I will want to go," said Newton.

What will the most important factors when the Morgan selects his college destination?

"It will be a lot of things," he said. "Obviously I will want to know how the family feels. Then I will look at the coaching staff. I will also look at which school can give me the ability to play on the next level. I wouldn't say location is that big of a deal. Obviously it helps but it is not a big factor."

Newton visited Clemson earlier this year during spring practice and was also visited in his hometown by offensive coordinator Rob Spence during the spring evaluation period.

As a junior, he completed 124-of-213 passes for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns passing. He also had 750 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.

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