June 14, 2011

LSU evaluating DE Newton

Carmel, Indiana Langston Newton received some good news recently when Kentucky became the first SEC school to extend an offer.

Another school from the Southeastern Conference is taking a hard look at Newton.

Newton was down at LSU not too long ago and the Tigers were reportedly pleased with what they saw from the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end. The brother of Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton, Langston is a versatile end that's up to about a dozen offers and LSU is busy evaluating him and others at the position.

"We went to LSU about a week ago and we spent a couple of days there," said John Newton, Langston's father. "As a matter of fact I just got off the phone with Brick Haley a couple of minutes ago, the defensive line coach.

"They say he's definitely on their board. What they're doing is they're going to have another camp in a couple of weeks and they'll bring in some other guys that they're looking at.

"He's (Newton) in a group of about seven or eight they're looking at. They're going to take four defensive ends so he's on the board and there's some interest there. They've said he looked real good at the camp from what they saw. They're going to sit down as a coaching staff and just look at each guy and see where they are with him."

Newton visited Kentucky over the weekend and as you might expect the Wildcats are a serious player in this one.

"They're all over us," Newton's father said. "We met with Joker (Phillips) and they've offered. He's looking at him for two different positions. They're going to take four defensive sides. They've got what they call small defensive ends. They've got a guy, Ridge Wilson, who stands up so they can bring him back into coverage. They've got another large guy, or a strictly down guy. Langston can play either position for them."

Morgan's presence in Lexington won't be a deciding factor, though.

"Obviously we're very familiar with Kentucky because of that but it's not going to be the determining factor," his father continued. "It's got to be wherever the best fit for him is. He's not going to want to go there just because his brother is there just because he's got to find the best fit for him. The best part about Kentucky is Morgan has been there so they know him and they've seen him grow."

Newton and his father plan on visiting Notre Dame very soon, so the Irish are involved as well.

Schools are also expressing interest in Newton as a track athlete but because of NCAA regulations the recruiting calendar for that sport makes it difficult to determine exactly what course all of that will take.

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