"My dad has been there since before I?remember telling me the truth. I have a brother (Langston) going through recruiting now (and has committed to UK) and another little brother that is also be a senior and I get to be a big brother to them," Morgan Newton said. "My dad is letting me have a part in everything.
"He is always there to kind of give his insight. He said a little more in high school than he does now. He kind of lets me go about making decisions on my own and doing things on my own, which has been awesome. But he has always been there to lean on. He did a great job of raising me and really prepared me to live on my own. But sometimes there are just things that you don't know that he does know. I will give him a call and say, ‘Hey, how would you handle this situation?' He's been great, and I?don't expect it to stop."
That's part of the maturation process Dr. Newton has seen in his son both on and off the field.
"When you go through a year where you are playing a lot and then a year not playing and you know the kind of player you are, that toughens you up. Not once did he ever mention about going some place else to play. He is there for the battle. He knows it will be that way at the next level, and that helped him to grow," Newton's father said.
"He is around a 3.4 GPA (grade-point average). He got into his books. He is really, really smart and has a memory that is unbelievable. He can read something once and he has got it. His grades have never faltered.
"He tells me he doesn't drink (alcohol). He tells me he is where he is supposed to be doing the right things. When he goes out, he gets a Sprite to drink. He is a designated driver. Kids will call him, and did all last season, to bring them home. That is leading by example.
"Go to his condo where he lives. It is all clean and neat. His shoes are lined up just right. That gets into the meat of what he's all about. Guys want to hange out, but he is not one to hang out until all hours of the night. I just hope and pray he does not change. He pledged a fraternity during spring practice and nobody even knew. There is a lot in there that folks have not seen yet. He has a quiet demeanor, but he has stepped it up on the leadership role a lot."
He apparently has a big heart, too, for others less fortunate than him. His father tells about a visit to the Hope Center last year when his son asked residents what they could use that they did not have and they told him shower shoes or flip flops.
"We went to the Dollar Store and he bought 100 of them. He paid for them out of his pocket. That was his money to eat or buy things for himself," Dr. Newton said. "He said, ‘Dad we are blessed and I am going to serve these guys and leave them something they can be proud of.' He does other things he doesn't want folks to know. He is about community service and not doing it for a publicity stunt.
"He speaks to young kids at the elementary schools. That is the kind of thing he does to give back. He started speaking and people would contact him by word of mouth. That has kind of caught fire. He is going to adopt an elementary school at home and do pen-pal type of things for the kids and do something with a social network where they can ask questions and be connected to him."