Tigers Turn Focus to 5-Star QB

In each of the last two years, the Clemson coaching staff has signed a four-star quarterback. In 2009, they just might be able to ink a five-star signal caller. CUTigers.com has the latest in this recruiting update.

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Morgan Newton has spent the summer visiting some of the top schools in the country, now it is time to focus on his final season at Carmel High (Ind.)

"Yeah, it is going pretty well," he told CUTigers.com in a recent interview. "We just finished our first day of two-a-days. We are getting ready for the upcoming season. We play our first game on August 23 on ESPN."

A few weeks ago the star quarterback cut his list of school down to six. Clemson, Kentucky, Illinois, Florida, Purdue and Indiana made the cut.

"It is still the same six as of right now. I am trying to balance recruiting with high school football. I may narrow it down some more, but I am not sure when," he said.

Two of the prize recruits' top six schools [Kentucky and Florida] have recently received verbal commitments from top quarterbacks. Will that have an impact on his decision?

"It does. We are definitely paying attention to that. We are looking at who the different schools are getting. In the same respect we are still looking for the best school. I have never been one to shy away from competition," said Newton.

Morgan and his father are also keeping in touch with a couple of Clemson coaches.

"I talk to coach Spence and coach Dooley down there a lot. They are still very interested in me. My father talks to them every once in a while also. They still have a lot of interest. That and the success they have this year keeps Clemson high on my list," said Newton.

The five-star quarterback is the only quarterback the Tigers are heavily recruiting at this time. Could that play a role in his decision?

"It does," he said. "It helps being the only guy they are really after. It allows us to take our time and make sure we make the best decision. It also shows us how much Clemson wants me."

Carmel High should have a big season according to Morgan.

"We should be pretty good again. We return about half our starters. Right now we look to do good. We have a lot of senior leaders," said Newton.

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.

He is currently the No. 7 quarterback in the nation according to Scout.com.

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