Indy QB Morgan Newton Gets Minnesota Interest

Morgan Newton, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback from Carmel (IN) High, is one of the top signal-callers in the country, ranked No. 7 by The two-sport standout also plays for the SFY Players AAU team. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Newton this past weekend to talk about his recruitment interest, including an offer from Minnesota.

Morgan Newton completed 124 of 213 passes for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns and had 132 rushing attempts for 750 yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior year as he led Carmel to the Indiana state championship. Newton was a first-team all-state AP and Herald Times, first\-team 2007 Super Team Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Star all-North, first-team all-conference and firstteam all-Hamilton County.

He runs the 40 in 4.52 seconds and can throw a football more than 70 yards. Newton is also an excellent student with a 3.4 GPA. He is a Scholar athlete and honor-roll student and has taken advanced courses since seventh grade and will meet all academic requirements.

Newton recently visited Kentucky, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia earlier this month, and attended the Badger Sport/New Level Athletics Skills Pass Camp in February in Akron.

South Carolina has a tie to Newton. Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier recruited Rex Grossman to the Gainsville and Grossman's high school coach is now Carmel's coach.

Newton told GoldenSports.Net that he has 12 scholarship offers, including offers from Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Kentucky, Minnesota, Penn State, Clemson, South Carolina, Louisville and Nebraska. In-state schools Indiana and Purdue were the first to extend a scholarship offer.

Newton also has a tie to Illinois, as family friend Jeff George attended the school. George was a high school standout at nearby Warren Central.

Newton did not have a chance to attend any junior days and is still undecided on his camp visits, due to a hectic AAU basketball schedule.

Newton said that half of his football teammates will be back next season.

"We lose a 6-foot-5 wide receiver (Jordan Brewer), but we have some young receivers coming back," he said.

They also lost Ryan Barnes, a 6-foot-7, 300-pound tackle, who is headed to Louisville.

Newton said that he was not that familiar with Minnesota.

"I don't know much about them," he said. "I know that they are a Big 10 school and play a Big 10 schedule, which is obviously strong."

Newton said that he was not overly close to future Gopher QB Marqueis Gray of Indianapolis Ben Davis. However, the two team meet each other this season as Carmel lost 28-27.

"We lost on a double-reserve on the last play," Newton said.

The Greyhounds would not lose again, as they won the final six games of the year to finish 13-2 and win the state title. Their other loss was 32-31 to Greenwood (IN) Center Grove.

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