Newton Ready To Make a Top 10

Tre Newton and his Southlake Carroll (Texas) coach Todd Dodge, sometimes joke around about the two reuniting at North Texas. Dodge, one of the most successful prep coaches in Texas history, has just been hired to take over the Mean Green program. Newton is one of the best running backs in the 2008 recruiting class.

"He has joked around about that a few times," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Newton laughed.

While North Texas doesn't have much of a chance to land a player of Newton's caliber, Notre Dame could find its way into the mix. Newton's name is normally linked to the Texas and Oklahoma schools, but the junior said he has an interest in the Irish.

"I just know that they have a real strong tradition there, and that they have great academics, and that‘s a huge thing in deciding what college I want to go to." Newton explained. He is the son of former Pro Bowl offensive lineman Nate Newton.

Newton rushed for 2,010 yards in helping Caroll win its third straight 5A state title. He says that he has a few offers, but doesn't want to disclose that information yet. He is getting mail from all the top schools in the country.

"My mom, dad and I are going to sit down and talk about it now that football season is over," Newton said. "We're going to come up with a top 10 and all that kind of stuff."

All that kind of stuff meaning visits and camps and combines.

Newton said that Notre Dame invited him to every home game this past season. He had arrangements to come up for one.

"I tried to visit this past season but it didn't work out, because I wouldn't have been able to make it to the game on time, because I had a game Friday night."

At the Texas camp this past summer, Newton said he clocked 4.41 in the 40-yard dash. Last spring he went to the Nike Combine on Texas A&M's campus, but could only participate in the lifting part because of an injured toe.

Newton said his max on the bench press is 280 pounds, and his squat max is 450. At Texas A&M, he said he repped 185 pounds, 16 or 17 times.

That injured toe hindered Newton during track season last year.

"I run a 10.6 100 (meter dash), and I run the 200 and 4X100 relay," Newton said. "I got hurt early last year in the track season so I didn't get to finish it. This year I'm looking forward to it."

Newton, a religious kid that is active in his church youth group, has a 93-percent grade average on a scale of 100.

Obviously with his father being who he is, football has been there for Newton since day one. Newton's mother played volleyball at Louisiana-Lafayette. That's the panel Newton will sit down with and start making moves in determining a school.

"I'd really like to make a decision before my senior season, but I'm not sure I'll be able too," Newton said.

Newton has only been to Texas and Texas A&M, and didn't really tour the campuses. He'll have a lot of official and unofficial visits to take this coming year. He's going to try to fit Notre Dame in somewhere.

"If I can, I'm going to try."


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