Newton Back from Official Visit

Usually when we try to talk to recruits after an official visit their bed seems more inviting than a conversation, but for 6-7, 230-pound <b>Joe Newton</b>, he was ready and willing to spill the beans concerning his official visit to <b>Washington</b>

"I'm not too tired," Newton told this evening. "I had a nice nap on the way home." Joe and his parents didn't come up until Saturday morning, as Roseburg High had a basketball game the night before. "We won," he said. "I had 22 points and 7 rebounds."

Here's Joe's synopsis of yesterday's procedings. "We went to breakfast on Saturday morning," he said. "It was nice. Then we toured the facilities, had some academic meetings, went to a practice, had some good food, for sure, and had a position meeting with the coaches. It was just a good day. I had a lot of fun."

Not that it was a big shock, but the Husky coaches did let him know that they were very interested in him playing his natural position. "They told me I would be playing tight end," he said. "They want to come in and see how I perform, and then go from there."

Joe enjoyed watching practice from the cozy confines of the new Dempsey indoor facility. "We saw them doing some team stuff, like o against d," he said. "And we saw them running plays, stuff like that. It was pretty exciting."

Two players stood out, for obvious reasons. "Reggie Williams," Joe said. "He seems to be pretty good. (laughs) And Jerramy Stevens, obviously. He's about 30 pounds bigger than me. He's a big guy."

It should also come as no surprise that Joe's host is also another player that has ties to the tight end position, although more to his uncle Ernie than himself. "My player host was Will Conwell," Newton said. "We just hung out after dinner."

So what happened on Sunday? "We went to breakfast over at Coach Neuheisel's house," he said. "It was fun to hang out with him, talk to him and eat some good food."

Overall, Joe picked up quite a bit of information about Washington, just a part of the process that has him more baffled than ever before about his future college selection. "I learned about the school at Washington and about the football program, more than I knew before, which was good," he said. "I just didn't know what it was going to be like up there, and I don't know if anything really surprised me. I just went up there with an open mind and really enjoyed myself."

Was a commitment in the offing? "I haven't committed anywhere yet," he said. "I don't have a leader. Washington did a real good job of confusing me this weekend." (laughs)

Joe also alluded to the idea of possibly taking a couple of more trips, but he doesn't have any currently scheduled. With official trips already taken to Oregon and Oregon State, it appears Newton might be ready to pop soon, a sentiment he shares. "I think I'm pretty close," he said. "I'll just discuss it with my parents, see what they have to say. But other than that, I just need to think about it and make the best decision for me." Top Stories