Newton Is In Wait-And-See Mode

Morgan Newton is up to 15 scholarship offers, and the four-star quarterback from Indianapolis, Ind., thinks a few more could come in soon.

Perhaps one will be coming from Notre Dame.

With all three offered quarterbacks verbally committed elsewhere, Morgan Newton is one of just a few signal-callers the Irish coaching staff is currently evaluating. Quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus made the trip to Carmel High last Wednesday to watch Newton throw the football.

"He watched me throw for about 45 minutes," Newton said. "I haven't talked to him. They're not allowed to say anything during this evaluation period, but I know he was there watching.

"It could be one of the possible few that comes in," Newton said of a potential Notre Dame offer. "I'm not really sure where they are. I talk to coach (Corwin) Brown every once in awhile. But that could be one that does come in. We'll just see what happen in the next couple of weeks."

At this juncture, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Newton is in wait and see mode with the whole recruiting process. He has been offered by South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Penn State, Minnesota, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Purdue, Indiana, Nebraska, Virginia, Cincinnati, Mississippi State and Akron.

"Everybody is still around right now," Newton said. "I haven't narrowed it down yet. After this evaluation period, we'll make sure we know who is all interested in us, who all comes out, and we'll see after that. Right now, we're still open.

"I know Florida said they were possibly close to offering. Boston College talks to me that they maybe they're close as well. I know Maryland and some others are possibly right there. Obviously Notre Dame as well. I've been in contact with them since last fall. I went to their camp in the summer. I don't know where they're at. We'll see what happens.

"I see a lot of guys in my class have committed, but I'm in no hurry."

In helping lead Carmel to a 13-2 record and the class 5-A state championship this past fall, Newton threw for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also used his 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash to run for 750 yards and 11 more scores, earning numerous first-team All-State honors over guys like U.S. Army All-American MarQueis Gray.

Newton has been on the road a lot lately, checking out several programs. Of the offered schools, he has been to Kentucky, Indiana, Purdue, Virginia, Clemson and South Carolina. He has also been to Notre Dame, Tennessee, North Carolina and North Carolina State.

"I liked them all in different ways, so none stuck out over the others," Newton explained. "They all have good things about them.

"When you go on the campus, you can feel the tradition," he said of Notre Dame.

A tradition Newton may have a chance to be a part of. Top Stories