La'Darius Newbold out of Lancaster High School in Texas is a three star recruit and is presently ranked # 44 in the country at the cornerback position. At 6-foot-0 and 180 pounds, Newbold is the prototypical cornerback for programs around the country looking for that physical corner who can jam at the line and turn and run with receivers.
At six-foot even, Newbold has the size to play either corner or slip over to one of the safety spots should he want to play another position. La'Darius says that he is looking for the right blend in college.
"I am looking at the atmosphere and the coaching staff, really the overall feeling for the school. I want to get a good education," said Newbold.
In describing his style at cornerback, La'Darius says it is his physical play that stands out the most about how he likes to play the position.
"I like to jam the receiver right at the line, playing right up on him and being physical. I try not to let the wide receiver off the line and just knock him off his route. I am very physical. I want to get my hands on them and take away what they want to do," Newbold told KStateFans.
Playing both on offense and defense last year, this Texas prospect says his best position is at cornerback and that is where he wants to play in college.
"I played a little bit of safety this spring but corner is where I want to play in college. I have played safety but I like corner better. I like playing man-to-man and cover two."
With offers from virtually all over the country, Newbold pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer from Texas Tech and verbally committed to them June 8th. That said, Newbold said he may still take a trip later this season and although committed, it is not yet a done deal.
"I am committed to Texas Tech but I am still open to looking at some things. I might still take a trip later this year. Baylor and Texas Tech recruited me the hardest but I am looking for the best chance to play football and get an education. Right now I am open to everything."
Having taken in numerous camps already, Newbold is quick to point out that he wants to make the right decision for him. Kansas State has shown interest in the past in Newbold and Wide Receivers Coach Michael Smith heads up his recruitment for the ‘Cats. K-State offered the talented corner roughly two to three weeks before school let out for summer.
Kansas State made a trip out to see spring practices at Lancaster according to La'Darius and after evaluating his film decided to extend at offer. However since the offer, Newbold says there has not been a great deal of communication.
"I was supposed to go there (Manhattan) for a camp in June but I had a family reunion that I had to make. I might go there and try to plan for July for a camp. I have not heard from them lately. I know Coach Smith was talking to my coach but I have not heard much from them."
While still committed to Texas Tech, La'Darius said that Texas Tech and Baylor recruited him the hardest but if K-State was still interested in him, there was mutual interest.
"I have not heard much from K-State lately but if they wanted to talk to me, I would be interested and listen. I want to go to whoever gives me the best chance to play and get a good education."
With distance ‘not a factor at all' for this prospect and holding numerous scholarship offers, this recruiting battle may not be settled until Signing Day. Stay Tuned…….