Vanderbilt entertains one of its most coveted football recruits on the final weekend before national signing day, as Syvelle Newton, a 6-2, 208 quarterback from Bennettsville, S.C. is scheduled for an official visit. The highly regarded Newton, who is expected to choose next Monday between Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Clemson, would make for a crown jewel in Bobby Johnson's second signing class.
Newton, an All-State quarterback with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, accounted for nearly 2,000 yards of offense (1,029 rushing, 933 passing) and 20 touchdowns in ten games for the Marlboro County Bulldogs. His junior statistics were even more impressive: 1,700 yards passing, 1,921 yards rushing, and 44 touchdowns. Those statistics led recruiting analyst Max Emfinger to call him "the most sensational athletic quarterback on the planet this year" in an Insiders article last March.
Newton, who has told recruiting services he will announce his decision on Monday at 11:00 a.m. EST, has been thought all along to be favoring in-state South Carolina. However, Newton had an older brother, Cam Newton, who was successfully recruited to Furman by Bobby Johnson; and Newton's teammate from last year, defensive end Antoine Morgan, signed with Vanderbilt a year ago and played for the Commodores last season as a true freshman.