July 28, 2011

Newton looking at Purdue

Carmel defensive end Langston Newton got his offer from Purdue a little later than some might have expected, considering the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder has built double-digit offers.

But he says he understands why.

"Purdue talked to me a little about it," he said. "They didn't know how much interest I had in Purdue and they were really trying to make sure that they evaluated me and wanted to make sure I had interest in their program."

And he does. Langston, a two-sport star who has 14 football offers and one for track (at Ohio State), says he's focusing on four programs, but falls short of calling them his favorites.

"I can say that several stick out right now," he said, "and those four are IU, Kentucky, Ohio State for track and of course Purdue."

The Boilermakers offered within the last month, but they're a program that Newton's familiar with. He's visited several times, including to a junior day and a couple games. He was at Purdue for the Minnesota game last season, in which the Boilers donned their 2001 Rose Bowl jerseys, he recalled.

"I'm definitely interested in Purdue," he said.

Whether he makes a return trip soon to West Lafayette, however, is a question. The defensive end - he also is one of the country's top throwers in track - says he's wrapped up his unofficial visit schedule for the summer. He's been busy, going to IU, Kentucky, Purdue, Ohio State, LSU, Notre Dame, Auburn, Alabama and several others.

"As of right now, I don't think we're going (to make another trip)," he said. "We've done a lot of traveling and I'm concentrating on my own team. But there's always a possibility that one day if we've got some time we'll go up there. Purdue's definitely an interesting case."

But so is Kentucky. With the Wildcats, Newton would be reunited with his older brother, junior quarterback Morgan Newton, an intriguing possibility.

"That's a unique situation," Langston Newton said. "If I went there, I'd only be playing with him for one year, but that's something I always talk about when I talk about Kentucky. They do have a good program and are reloading."

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