Auburn's already stellar recruiting class for 2010 just got a huge boost as Rivals.com five-star prospect, and the No. 1 rated JUCO prospect in the nation, quarterback Cameron Newton, has committed to play for Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers.
Newton told Jeffrey Lee of Auburnsports.com the news this afternoon.
"I committed to Auburn," Newton said. "It feels great to get it over with. I'm so excited to be going to Auburn."
He ultimately chose the Tigers over Mississippi State and Oklahoma. Newton was a five-star recruit out of high school from Westlake H.S. (Atlanta, Ga.) in 2007, and signed with Florida.
However, he was dismissed from the Florida football team and ended up at Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas. In 2009, Newton led his team to a JUCO National Championship, putting up big numbers both passing and rushing along the way.
The opportunity for early playing time and compete for championships played a big part in Newton's decision.
"That was another thing I liked," said Newton. "I saw an opportunity to step into a top notch program and be that type of player, a player that could help win a championship.
"There isn't any doubt Auburn was the place for me, the best fit for me. I love the campus, the coaches, the opportunity to not only play, but to win a championship."
Newton says his goals are simple coming to Auburn, and he has a message to the Auburn faithful.
"I can't wait to get there," Newton said. "I have really big goals for the team and I know we are going to do everything we can to reach them."
"I won't settle for anything less than a championship at Auburn. I am going to do everything I can to make sure that happens."
Newton first visited Auburn back on December 18th-20th, when he picked up a firm offer from the Tigers. He commented then that he was blown away by his visit to Auburn.
"Everything went excellent," said Newton. "I'm on Cloud Nine right now."
Going into the 2010 recruiting class, Auburn wasn't planning to sign a quarterback because of pressing needs at other positions, but when a player the caliber of the 6'6", 245 pound Newton comes along, it's hard to pass up that opportunity and Auburn didn't.
With senior Chris Todd leaving after this year, Auburn returns three redshirt freshman in Tyrik Rollison, Clint Moseley, and Barrett Trotter, and senior Neil Caudle at the quarterback position for 2010. None of which have any real game experience.
So the opportunity for Auburn to bring in a big time junior college quarterback was there and Newton saw it as a chance to fulfill his dreams of playing big time SEC football, as well as an opportunity to prepare for the NFL.
After his visit to Auburn in December, Newton talked about what type of impact he could make on the Plains.
"No doubt I could make an impact (at Auburn)," he said. "I want to go somewhere that I'm competing to be the man. I'm going to train myself mentally, physically, in every which way, to be the man. When it comes game time, it's not a secret that success is brought upon by hard work in the offseason."
Newton plans to enroll early at Auburn beginning January 9th. Arriving in the spring can only enhance his chances of winning the starting job come the fall.
Newton will have two years of eligibility left when he arrives at Auburn.