Ryan Newton had a pretty good weekend.
A Class of 2017 inside linebacker at Parkway North High School (Maryland Heights, Mo.), Newton received his first scholarship offer, from Miami (Oh), on Friday and then picked up two more. He was offered by Tennessee Tech on Saturday and Illinois State on Sunday.
“Pretty crazy and overwhelming to say the least,” Newton said Sunday. “It’s been a dream since I first put on a pair of shoulder pads in third grade to get to this point and get an offer. But it’s kind of still the beginning. It shows that I have some options to go after high school and continue to play the game that I love. It’s definitely exciting.”
The 17-year-old, who is 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, also broke the school hang clean record last week when he put up 309 pounds.
Newton, who plays inside in the Vikings’ 3-4 defensive scheme, said college coaches have told him they like his size, his ability to be physical and be able to run sideline to sideline to make plays. He led the Vikings with 112 tackles during his junior season and added two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one sack.
That kind of skill set will make him a busy guy over the next few weeks, with scheduled visits to one Southeastern Conference school and two Big Ten programs for Junior Days.
“Right now I have it lined up to go to Mizzou the 27th, Iowa March 6 and then Nebraska March 12,” Newton said. “I have this weekend off and then I have three back to back. … Miami wants me to get back up again for a spring practice and so does Illinois State.”
Newton will certainly be a prospect to keep an eye on, as well some others at Parkway North High School also.
Jack Faron, a junior kicker and punter, is drawing early interest from schools and looks like he has the leg to earn a scholarship to a Power 5 conference program. Sophomore defensive lineman Michael Thompson already has a few offers — from Missouri, Illinois, Kansas State and Iowa, Newton said — and figures to be a big-time prospect to watch for the next few years.
Newton knows his recruiting process is only just beginning, but with three early offers already he’s probably ahead of schedule with Signing Day about 12 months away.
“I’m pretty excited,” Newton said. “I didn’t think I was going to get one this early, actually. I’ve been talking with Coach (Bob) Bunton and he said I think you’re gonna get one soon. But February, that was pretty early, just a week after Signing Day.”