Kragthorpe visits PRP's Brandon Newman

With hopes of making a college decision prior to the start of his senior year at Louisville's PRP High School, defensive tackle Brandon Newman has scheduled two important unofficial visits for this month. has the latest...

Rated among the top 20 prospects in the Midwest by, Pleasure Ridge Park defensive tackle Brandon Newman has become one of the top defensive line recruiting targets in the nation.

Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Stanford have extended scholarship offers, while one from Alabama appears to be on the way and many others, including Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee are showing high interest in having the Derby City product becoming a member of their respective teams.

"Quite a few coaches came by on Monday," Newman told on Tuesday. "Notre Dame came by in the morning and then Louisville. Alabama, Eastern Kentucky and Indiana also came by."

While others sent assistant coaches to visit with the 6-foot-1, 305-pounder this week, the 2nd Team All-State selection welcomed the Cardinals head coach into his school.

"Coach Kragthorpe and Coach Nord came by the school," Newman said. "They scheduled a visit for me and my mom to go by their offices on Thursday. They want to meet with me and my mom."

Newman holds hope of visiting a number of schools during the coming weeks and months to help him sort out his list of offers and narrow his choices down to just a few.

"It's kind of hard to have a favorite right now," Newman said. "I'm making a trip to Notre Dame at the end of this month to look at dorms and have my mom talk to the admissions office. I also want to look more into Louisville the school has and what they have to offer in communications."

Newman also adds that he'd like to have the process near completion prior to the start of his final season of high school football.

"Right now I'm leaning towards doing it before the season starts, so I can just be a senior and put all the college decision stuff behind me," Newman explained. "That way I can focus on my senior year at school."

As a junior Newman totaled 68 tackles, with 22 going for loss. He also currently holds a 3.9 GPA. Last month he was selected as a member of Kentucky's Tremendous 26.

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