Selecting a college is a major life decision for any high school football prospect, but Carmel (Ind.) defensive end Langston Newton had added choices due to being a Division 1 athlete in two sports. This week, the 6-5, 240-pound Newton decided to accept a football scholarship.
"I'm headed to the University of Kentucky," Newton announced via Twitter Thursday afternoon.
The selection of Kentucky will pair Newton with his older brother, Morgan Newton, who is a junior quarterback for the Wildcats. The younger Newton has made numerous visits to Lexington in the last several years, and picked up his offer from the Wildcats in June.
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"It was definitely exciting to get that offer," Newton said last month. "It was my first SEC offer, and people down there know me. It is definitely interesting because of my brother's situation. He really told me some good things that made me think Kentucky is an interesting place."
Besides Kentucky, Newton had received scholarship offers from the likes of Indiana, Purdue, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Marshall, Florida International and Northern Illinois.
Newton also held track scholarships from the likes of LSU and Ohio State. He was the discus national champion as a sophomore, and competed on the Junior Olympic circuit this summer. In the end, the significantly greater number of scholarships available in football and the potential of playing both sports in college won out.
"I imagine what will happen is I will start college playing both," Newton said. "Then as the years progress I might decide I need to focus on doing one sport."