"I couldn't go because it was scheduled for 2:30 and I had a test during sixth period that I had to take," Newman told InsideTheVille.com. "My mother and step-dad still went and they loved everything that they saw. They were real impressed and were all smiles when they told me about it."
It was the first time that both have met Kragthorpe, who provided an inside look at what the program has to offer and explained what the Cardinal staff's intentions are for the All-State performer.
"They told me that Coach Kragthorpe is real genuine about wanting me to come play for him and that he definitely wants me to come there," said Newman, adding that Kragthorpe also explained how he intends to use him should he choose to stay home to play his college ball. "That was real good, because there was talk that they wanted me to play center, but they said that they want me to be in the three technique. They want me playing over the center and guard."
The first time meeting between his mother, who has also visited with members of the Notre Dame coaching staff, and Steve Kragthorpe may have had a strong impact on Newman's eventual college choice.
"She said that she's not so sure about me committing to Notre Dame anymore," Newman said. "She's excited about the recruiting process just like I am, so she'd probably say something like that every time she visits somewhere."
The Scout.com Midwest Top 20 prospect has already collected scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Stanford. Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee may be close to doing the same.
Newman, who plans a preseason college decision, has made unofficial visits with both Louisville and Kentucky this spring and will take his third trip to South Bend later this month. Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh will visit Newman on Friday.
"Right now those three, as well as Stanford would be my leaders," Newman said.
Newman has no current camp plans set, but is considering an invitation to participate in Tennessee's and others.