Newton Has Big Plans at Kentucky

For the second time in as many weeks, Kentucky received a commitment from a highly touted quarterback. Yesterday Morgan Newton made his commitment to Kentucky public. KSR had an opportunity to speak with Dr. John Newton, Morgan's father about his son's commitment.

For the second time in as many weeks, Kentucky received a commitment from a highly touted quarterback. Yesterday Morgan Newton made his commitment to Kentucky public. KSR had an opportunity to speak with Dr. John Newton, Morgan's father about his son's commitment.

After a couple of weeks of speculation about Morgan's destination, the decision was finally put to rest, and the Kentucky Wildcats aren't the only ones excited about the decision. "He's ecstatic about it. His teammates are excited. We are (excited) as a family. We put a lot of work into processing this thing and looking at schools. We know we've made the best possible choice," said Dr. Newton.

While many Kentucky fans anxiously awaited the news of Newton's choice, Rich Brooks and his staff already knew what was going on. "They knew three weeks ago. We just had to keep it under wraps because we didn't want it to be mixed up with the things going," said Newton. The things that Newton was referring to was the dismissal of junior quarterback, Curtis Pulley. "Morgan actually committed a couple days before Mossakowski," said Newton.

The Kentucky staff was understandably excited to have the decision out in the open. "They were ecstatic about it. It had finally been made public and got out there. Now they can concentrate on other guys who can come in on that level," said Newton.

Newton had his choice of several quality schools that he could pick from, but in the end Kentucky had too many positives. "We looked over the things we wanted in a school and Kentucky fit that bill. We know he wanted to play in the SEC. He wanted to play in a pro-style offense. He wanted coaches who had experience working at the next level and with pros. Being close to home wasn't a big deal, but it kind of worked out that way. There were a lot fo things that worked ound and just fit. Kentucky was just the best fit," said Newton.

Morgan chose Kentucky over Florida, Clemson, Indiana, Purdue and Illinois. "He ranked the oder of schools and that would change from day to today. Florida and Clemson were right there in the mix. Indiana and Purdue were absolutely choices. Illinois was a contender. We just kept our eyes on them all. LSU and UCLA tried to get involved, but it was too late," said Newton.

So now that Newton is a Wildcat, what's next for the five-star quarterback? "It's not over, there's still work to do. Our job is to make sure Morgan is at the top level. Now the mission is to win a national championship. It's just a few plays here and there and they can be a national contender. To have a chance to get it going is very intriguing to him. Our work is not done. We plan to try to help as much as we can with the success of Kentucky football," Newton said.

There are a few other goals Morgan is woking towards as well. "He wants to win every game," laughed Newton. "They won the state championship last season and he would like to go back a repeat that," he said. "He would like to play in a national all star game too. That's what he's looking at now, not just sitting back, but to work on helping UK get to the next level."


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