Cameron Newton commits
Hey everyone. The recruiting czars -- AuburnUndercover.com, AuburnSports.com and Inside The Auburn Tigers -- are reporting that quarterback Cameron Newton has committed to play with the Tigers beginning next week.
He is, according to Rivals.com, the nation's No. 1 junior-college prospect.
Newton chose Auburn over Mississippi State and Oklahoma.
He signed with Florida in 2007 out of an Atlanta high school. He was arrested in November 2008 for grand theft and larceny for allegedly stealing a student's laptop computer. Urban Meyer suspended Newton and the quarterback soon landed at Blinn (Texas) College, which recently won the junior college national championship.
In a telling demonstration of what former Florida staffers thought of him, head coaches Dan Mullen (Mississippi State) and Charlie Strong (Louisville) have pursued him during the past few months. Both coaches were UF assistants during Newton's days in Gainesville.
The Florida State Attorney's Office recently dropped the charges after Newton successfully completed a pre-trial intervention program.
Newton stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 235 pounds. He was an option quarterback in high school and is considered an advanced runner. He threw for 2,800 yards at Blinn last season, though observers said his mechanics will need significant refinement.
Photo credit: Curtis Compton / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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