Could Cameron Newton Be Auburn's Next Quarterback?

Tim TrollingerCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2009

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Head coach Gene Chizik of the Auburn Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Five-star quarterback Cameron Newton, Rivals.com's No. 1 overall junior college player in the country, will take an official visit to the Plains Friday through Sunday according to AuburnSports.com

Newton led Blinn College to the junior college national championship this season. In 12 games, he completed 204 of 336 passes (61 percent) for 2,833 yards with 22 touchdowns, and just five interceptions. He averaged 236.1 yards per game through the air. He also rushed for 655 yards on 108 carries (6.1 avg.) and 16 touchdowns.

Newtons' arrival could cause some controversy. He was dismissed from the Florida team after being arrested and charged with stealing another student’s laptop computer. 
He recently completed a pretrial intervention program and has stayed out of trouble during his probation.

If Auburn is able to sign Newton, this could be the biggest early signing week in AU history.

Auburn signed two four-star junior college prospects Wednesday. Rozell Gayden and Brandon Moseley both signed with the Tigers the first day junior college's December graduates were allowed to sign.

Newton has been in contact with Auburn lead recruiter Curtis Luper and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Gus Malzahn recently, and is looking forward to his first visit to Auburn since his days at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga.

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Curtis Luper said this on the Dunaway and Brown radio show Thursday: "There will be a big time recruit commit before Christmas." Could he be talking about Newton?

Auburn's interest in Newton had been kept relatively quiet until now, as the Tigers originally had no plans to add an extra quarterback in this class. But the chance to land Newton has changed things. 

Newton’s arrival would certainly change the quarterbacks' situation heading into the spring. He would likely become the favorite to replace senior Chris Todd.