A new start for Newton

Coming out of high school, Blinn QB Cameron Newton (6-6, 245) was one of the most highly sought-after signal-callers in the country. He opted to head to Florida where he spent the past two years backing up Tim Tebow but after see his playing time slip away, he decided a change of pace was necessary. Enter Blinn which presented him the opportunity to showcase his talents and to get a fresh start...

"Going to Florida was an amazing experience for me," Newton told JCFootball.com. "I have no complaints. I wasn't upset with the coaches or even the situation, but honestly, I just never saw myself playing there much, so I decided to leave.

"The problem was that I hadn't really played in two years. I mean, I played some last fall, but it was in blowouts so they weren't really quality reps. Instead of just leaving and transferring to another D-1 school, I decided to head to Blinn, get some reps and playing time and then see what happens."

So far what has happened is two written offers and many more verbal offers as well as heavy interest from across the country.

"I have written offers from Kansas State and Arizona right now," Newton said. "I have a bunch of verbal offers, but I don't consider them real offers until it's in writing.

"Kansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Mississippi State and Iowa State are all showing me a lot of interest right now though and they are the closest to giving me real offers."

With his size and speed, one might think Newton is the perfect fit in a spread offense, ala Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State.

While that comparison has its merits, he said he's more of a pro style quarterback with mobility.

"I feel a lot more comfortable under center and dropping back and distributing the ball," Newton said. "I can make plays with my legs though, so what that does is gives me the ability to escape and make plays on the run, whether that's throwing or passing depends on the situation."

Because he was a full qualifier and played two years at a D-1 program, Newton must get his AA degree and he will do that in December. Once he signs with a school he will have two years to play two (he redshirted in 2007) wherever he ends up.

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