Syvelle Newton, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback from Marlboro County High School in Bennettsville, S.C., will take his final official visit to Vanderbilt the weekend of Jan. 31, according to Phil Kornblut of the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald-Journal. Newton visited Clemson on Jan. 10, and has visits scheduled to South Carolina on Jan. 17 and UCLA on Jan. 24, in addition to the Vanderbilt visit. He has also received attention from Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Nebraska, among others.
Newton is ranked as the No. 4 quarterback prospect in the Southeast by Rivals.com. In his junior season alone, Newton accounted for over 3,400 yards of total offense (1,790 passing, 1990 rushing) and 44 touchdowns in leading Marlboro County to a state championship.
This past December the Marlboro County quarterback was voted the offensive Most Valuable Player of the South Carolina North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach after an outstanding performance as a kick returner, wide receiver and quarterback. He was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year from South Carolina.
Vanderbilt was a late addition to Newton's list of prospective schools. The all-purpose threat had been thought through most of the fall to be a lock for Lou Holtz and the in-state South Carolina Gamecocks.
But Newton's family also has a history with Vanderbilt Head Coach Bobby Johnson. Syvelle's older brother Cam Newton, a safety with Furman, was recruited to Furman while Johnson was head coach there. Also, last season Johnson successfully recruited Newton's teammate Antoine Morgan to a Vanderbilt scholarship.