Sooners enter the picture for Atlanta QB

Atlanta, Ga. QB Cameron Newton talks about his game and interest in Oklahoma. Newton, a 6-foot-5 235-pounder, is no longer a secret and could be listed among the top 10 quarterbacks in the country when Scout.com's newest rankings are released.

CAMERON NEWTON, QB, 6'5 ½, 235, 4.51, ATLANTA WESTLAKE, GEORGIA:

According to a Scout.com guru and others who follow high school football recruiting, one of the hottest quarterbacks in prep football is Cameron Newton of from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga. Newton is currently rated the 19th-best quarterback in the country, but some at Scout.com have told us at OU Insider that he is climbing up the charts fast and when they rank the positions again Newton could very well be a top 10 quarterback.

Newton is a four-year starter who threw for 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. He rushed for 730 yards and four touchdowns.

"We are primarily a spread team, but we are balanced as well," said Newton. "We can run the I-formation or the spread. It doesn't matter what kind of offense I run in college. I just know all teams need to throw the ball sometimes and you have to be able to pass the ball to have a good offense. So, I know wherever I go they will throw the football."

Newton can bench 280 pounds and he has posted a 41-inch vertical jump. He also started in hoops averaging 12 points and eight rebounds a game. However, football is the game for him in college and he likes the fact that people are beginning to notice his talent.

"That really doesn't go to my head. I still have to go play football and I still have to prove myself on the field. When the ratings came out the first time I was kind of disappointed, but I just told myself that I needed to go and prove it on the field. I don't worry about the ratings, I know I just need to go out and play. If I do what I can do, everything will take care of itself."

"I am a passing quarterback who can run the football," Newton said on his style of play. "It all depends what the defense throws at me. I have the height to stand in the pocket and throw the football, but I have the speed to run it when I need to. I can also throw on the run. We don't run much option, maybe twice a game. We do put me out on the corner giving me the option to run or pass."

Newton has been offered by Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and several others, but he has developed a sudden interest in the Sooners.

"My coach told me that Oklahoma offered me earlier, but I didn't really know it. I haven't talked to Oklahoma much, but my coach says he has talked to them. Any time you have an opening like Oklahoma, a guy like me has to have an interest in their program. I know Oklahoma needs a quarterback next year, and when a big-time program like Oklahoma has an opening like that for a quarterback, then a quarterback like me has to take a serious look at it."

Most of the schools Newton has been looking are from the South, but he is aware of the success of the Sooner football program.

"I keep up with college football. I was glad to get an offer from them and I know what kind of program they have. I like what they are doing offensively and they are always winning."

Newton says he is in no hurry to make a decision and is still in the process of setting up visits.

"I haven't narrowed down my official visits. I have a big interest in OU, but I don't know who I am going to visit. I don't have a leader at the moment. My top five are Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi State, LSU and Oklahoma."

Newton says he has qualified.


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