The past few weeks have turned into a whirlwind for Langston Newton, one of the Hoosier State’s top defensive linemen for the 2012 class.
First came the overtures. Four teams – Indiana, Arkansas State, Western Kentucky, and Grambling State - offered scholarships to the rising senior, and a number of others have dialed up Carmel High to inquire about the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end.
Newton recently visited 10 schools during his school’s spring break, stops that ranged from a personal tour of the Ohio State facilities with head coach Jim Tressel to an afternoon at LSU with defensive line coach Brick Haley.
“They were all great visits,” he said. “With LSU, I’m really hoping that I will start to hear more from the coaches. I met with coach Brick and he seemed excited to find out more about my game, because he liked my body type. He took me in and we met with the strength coach (Tommy Moffitt), and I really liked the facilities and everything that they showed me.
“The history that LSU has is what drew me in. It’s like Notre Dame. Both just have that rich tradition. I walked by Tiger Stadium and went and stood by Mike the Tiger, and it was just a cool experience. Not everywhere can offer you football like that.”
Newton’s father, Dr. John Newton, played at Grambling State, and most of Langston’s family still lives in Louisiana.
“My mom is from a small town called Waterproof, and her family is all still there. We went and visited my grandma after my visit to Baton Rouge, so that would be cool to have them all down there if I went to LSU for college. An offer would be tough to pass up, for sure.”
Newton plans to make another string of visits this summer, one of which will be a return trip to Baton Rouge for the Les Miles Summer Camp.
“The coaches want me back down there to workout at camp, so I’m excited about that,” he said. “They are also going to check out some more of my video, so I expect to hear from them soon now that the evaluation period is underway.”
Newton’s older brother Morgan is currently at Kentucky. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder came out of Carmel High in 2009, when he was tabbed as a four-star and the No. 6 quarterback prospect in the country.