LSU linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto spent a lot of time recruiting in the Peach State last year and he came away with three big signees.
During one of this many stops throughout Georgia he came across Westlake High School product Cameron Newton and he may have been the first signal caller to get an offer from the Tigers for '07.
Newton, a 6-5, 225-pounder with 4.7 speed, has heard his fair share of comparisons over the years ranging anywhere from Daunte Culpepper to Vince Young.
It is too early to tell if Newton will reach the same superstar status that Culpepper and Young have attained over the years but based on what he has done so far on the prep level the kid has a shot.
As a junior, Newton passed for over 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns, and added 638 yards and nine scores on the ground. Football fans in the Peach State knew who he was before the start of his junior season but the nation caught wind of his talent when he lit it up at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January.
"The USA Today had an article and they said I was one of the top three quarterbacks there out of 150," Newton told Tiger Rag.
Some have labeled Newton as a pure pocket passer but he is quick to discard that assessment.
"I used to just sit back in the pocket but now with defensive ends running 4.6 forty's you have to be able to move around and make plays with your feet," he said. "Now, I consider myself a guy who can run and pass. I really like to sit back and throw the ball but if you give me some space I'll tuck it and run."
LSU is not the only school to offer Newton a scholarship as Virginia Tech and Ole Miss have also anted up.
What got the Georgia boy interested in the Tigers?
"I've seen them on TV a bunch and I like their style of offense," explained Newton. "They are really balanced between the pass and run and have good play selection. They throw the ball vertically and really get everyone involved."
Newton said that he watched the Tigers several times last year and he became a big fan of the Tigers' starting quarterback.
"I could see some of the same characteristics in JaMarcus Russell that I see in myself," he said. "He has a good pocket presence and stands tall in the pocket. He is able to make the short passes as well as the long ones and really stretches a defense vertically."
Newton said that it is too early to name a favorite but that LSU is a school he has high on his list. He said he plans on hitting several camps over the summer and a stop in Baton Rouge will be on his agenda.
Another strong possibility for a camp stop will be at Georgia and despite some early reports the Bulldogs are going to be a player in the Cameron Newton derby.
"That was some rift raft that got started on the internet," Newton said. "I told some guy that Georgia had a lot of quarterbacks but that was it. I'll be keeping an eye on them this year."
Note: For a look at Cameron Newton on film click below.
Ga. QB has LSU offer
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