Syvelle Newton is a Gamecock

The top athlete in SC High School during 2002 is now offically a Gamecock.

One of our favorite players during the 2002 season was Marlboro County's Syvelle Newton.


As I have said countless times, my favorite aspect of running SC Pigskin Prep is the opportunity to meet the young men that High School football in the Palmetto State second to none. Syvelle is certainly one of the many players that made 2002 a special year to remember.


Despite having two major incidents go against him and the Bulldogs this season, Syvelle continued to show poise and leadership on the field. His natural leadership and never say die attitude helped Marlboro to a 9-2 record which would have been good enough for a No.1 seed in the playoffs had the team been eligible.


We had the opportunity to meet with Syvelle at a college football game late in the season and also had the pleasure of meeting his parents and speaking with them for an hour. There are no nicer or more caring people that Syvelle parents and by just speaking with them, you knew they had raised Newton to be a competitor on the field and a gentlemen off the field.


As evidenced by Syvelle's brother Cam who is a starter at Furman University, education has always been important in the Newton household. Both young men are outstanding students who were continually taught the importance of education. It is obvious from speaking with Syvelle parents that they definitely had their son's priorities in the right order as they went thru the Marlboro County School System.


His mom, Patricia Newton, said that he has never shown signs of which college he'll select, but she knew he would make the right decision.

She also commented that he will be in close proximity to Marlboro County, and that she will love being at all of her son's Saturday games at Williams-Brice Stadium, sporting her Garnet and Black.


After speaking with Syvelle I can honestly say that I have never met a player that cared about his team, his teammates and winning as much Syvelle. One booster of the Bulldogs told me that one reason Newton waited all season to commit was because he wanted the college coaches to come to Bennettsville to see the Dawgs play. Newton was quoted as saying "If they come to watch me then maybe one of my teammates will have a great night and catch the eye of a scout. Maybe they will have an opportunity to play ball at the next level."


For me that shows simply the type of young man that Newton is, caring about his teammates and their future as well as his.


Coach Dean Boyd stated during the season that Newton was every coach's dream. "We can line up at QB or WR on offense or at Safety or Linebacker on Defense. Against Crestwood we needed more speed on the defensive line to offset their attack and we played Newton there also" Boyd stated. "He is simply a player that will do anything for his team"


Despite the political garbage and absolute horrible job of selecting the Shrine Bowl by Jim Ringer, Newton is truly one of the Top 5 players in the state. He has an amazing understanding of the game and a confidence about the way he plays.


During his 4 years at Marlboro, Newton QBed the Dawgs to a 45-7 record, a 2000 undefeated state championship and a top state ranking all 4 years.


We are proud that Syvelle represents South Carolina High School football so well and wish him well during his career at South Carolina.


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