"I have gotten the most interest from UK, UL and Auburn and Alabama," Brandon Newman said. "North Carolina had been talking to my coach from earlier in the year."
The junior from Louisville (Ky.) has been well-received thus far among top recruiters, including already adding his first official scholarship offer from in-state, Kentucky.
The 6-foot-0, 305 pounder plans on attending Auburn and Alabama's junior days, as well as Notre Dame's camp in the upcoming months in preparation for an early decision.
"I just wanna play football for free," Newman said. "I'm gonna be looking at the overall program and also the programs they have school-wise. I'm looking to get into communications and broadcasting in college and I want to go to a good program.
"I like how Jerome Bettis switched it up and moved to the booth," Newman emphasized. "I look at the way he speaks and I am just really impressed with how he knows his football and how he knows what he's talking about and how he presents himself."
Recently, Newman attended Kentucky's ‘junior day' activities, where the 'PRP' standout watched the Wildcats play top-ranked Florida.
"They are a big favorite, right now," Newman said of the Wildcats. "I visited for junior day and I thought they had a good family feel. That's really important to me, to find somewhere I feel comfortable. This is a life changing decision for me and I don't wanna go somewhere I'm not comfortable. I like the coaching staff, a lot. They came to the school and they are always staying in touch. After the offer, I was really juiced. I really have nothing bad to say about them, whatsoever."
Newman earned first-team all-district honors on both offense and defense, as well as being named to the Courier-Journal's all-state second-team after recording 68 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles as a junior.
"I'm an explosive player and a team player," Newman said. "I'm passionate about the game of football, but I also have a lot of respect for the game. I can be as mean and forceful on the field as anyone else, but I respect the guy that I am playing against. I am a competitor and I like to win, but I respect everyone that's on the field.
"I grew up idolizing Reggie White," Newman added, "I was always hoping I would get a chance to meet him, one day. I know that I can't now, but I just liked how he was as a person and how everyone respected him on and off the field. That's how I want to be represented: not only as a good football player, but a great person, as well."
The key question on the minds of many that have already begun following Newman's recruitment is whether or not the River City prospect will wait to make a decision.
"I've been talking to my family about that," Newman interated. "I plan on going to the Nike Camp in Indianapolis in March. After that I'm going to take a look and see who's looking at me then and decide. Until then, I'm going to keep my eyes open for now. I'm not gonna say I'm gonna wait until the end, though, because I probably won't."
One of the state's strongest big men, Newman bench presses almost 400 pounds already and squats an unbelievable, 600 pounds.