It's "USC, Clemson, Florida, UCLA and Nebraska," Newton said. When asked about USC, Newton clarified: "That's South Carolina."
When asked if he had a leader among those he first said, "South Carolina, but I don't want that out there." He then hesitated and said, "Well, I guess it's okay to say it."
The athlete who ran for close to 2,000 yards and passed for 2,000 yards as a junior quarterback, said all of his favorites have offered, and want to give him a look at quarterback. "I'm getting recruiting as a quarterback/athlete. Wherever I go, I'm going to take my first shot at being a quarterback. If that doesn't work, move to receiver or running back. I'll give it a try. I'll probably turn out being a better athlete than anything. Many people say I'm not a passer but a runner. Right now I'm proving I can throw and be an accurate passer."
Newton, to date, doesn't have any official visits arranged, even though he's been to two South Carolina games, but said he'd like to visit all five of the schools on his list. "I will more than likely take all of my trips," Newton said. When asked if he had ever been to California, Newton said, "I haven't. I really want to see UCLA, see if I might like it." His parents, he said, might prefer that he stay close to home, "but they'd understand" if Newton found a school further away, "if it were the right place" for him.
Newton said that what's important to him in choosing a school is "playing time, a winning attitude, and a school that will get me prepared for the next level." When it comes to academics, he said, "I also want to study telecommmunications."
He said he'll wait until signing day to announce his decision.
Newton said he has a 2.3 GPA and scored a 990 on his SAT.