Newton close to a decision

One thing Newton has tried not to do is influence his younger brother, Langston, as he tries to not only decide which college he wants to attend, but also which sport he will pursue.

One thing Newton has tried not to do is influence his younger brother, Langston, as he tries to not only decide which college he wants to attend, but also which sport he will pursue. The 6-4, 240-pound Langston Newton has offers in both football and track and has visited numerous schools, including Ohio State, Kentucky and LSU. He visited 10 schools during a spring break trip.

"We were down in Lexington Friday to let Langston talk with the track people. I want him to get all his questions answered. We talked with the football guys, too," said Dr. John Newton, Langston and Morgan Newton's father. "Last Friday Ohio State offered him in track. Louisville has done a home visit for track. LSU really wants him for track and we are waiting to see what football does.

"Morgan came home last weekend (to Indianapolis) and actually spent some time at home. For some reason, he stayed around a lot. That was very helpful for Langston. We were able to process information and see what different schools were offering in track versus football. My dad is calling from Florida and giving his two cents worth, too. I think we are pretty close on some things, but I?want him to know for sure what he's going to do."

Morgan Newton played with his brother at Carmel, Ind., but insists he's not trying to tip the scales UK's way.

"To be honest, I try to stay out of it. I was recruited. I will let him get recruited," Morgan said. "If he asks about the recruiting process, then I?give him an honest answer and try to keep the bias (for UK) out of it. I have tried to take a step back. I know what I want him to do, so we will see how it works out.

"Langston is a lot different than I?am. He does not talk as much. I do not talk a whole lot, but Langston talks a lot less. He won't say much at all about what is on his mind. He will ask a couple of things here and there about the whole process and the college checks (for expenses) you get that he may not be able to figure out on his own and I?try to give him as honest of answers as I can."

Morgan does think his brother has enjoyed the recruiting trips he's taken with his father and the entire process.

"Dad loves football. I think all this has been a great time for him and he has enjoyed it and has been fun for our family. He will figure it out and my mom will figure it out," Morgan said. "My grandpa is the one. He loves it. He is out there all the time. Dad rolls him up every game whether I am playing or not. He will be out there supporting me. It's a great support system I?have and that Langston will have."

Langston's twin brother, J.J., is also a senior and football player that John Newton is trying to help make college plans.

"It's hectic right now, but fun,"?John Newton said.

The father thinks Langston could have his college decision finalized soon.

"I'm not sure exactly when. I am trying to give him a couple of days to talk things out and I want him to make his own decision," John Newton said. "But I think he's close, real close, and probably will have something for everybody real soon."


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