LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Thanks to a standout showing at the University of Kentucky's prospect camp this past summer, Pleasure Ridge Park defensive tackle Brandon Newman holds a scholarship offer from the Wildcats. He also has been getting interest from several other programs.
"I like Kentucky a lot," he said. "When I went on an unofficial visit over there, it had a real family feel. That's going to be very important to me when I make my decision is a family atmosphere. When I was at camp, they put me up against the best senior that they had there and I beat him and that's when they said they would offer me."
The 6-foot-1, 300-pound Newman's father lives just outside of Detroit, Mich. That makes Michigan a big factor.
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"Of course my dad is a big Michigan fan," he said. "He always used to tell me when I was a little kid 'imagine playing on that field with all of that blue' so I am very interested in Michigan. I have always liked them."
The Wolverines are no strangers to recruiting in the Bluegrass State. Lloyd Carr and staff signed three of the state's top five prospects in the Class of 2005 and were finalists for the state's top player, Micah Johnson, in 2006. Johnson signed with Kentucky.
Notre Dame is a program that Newman would not mind hearing more from.
"I've always known that they were good and admired and respected the tradition that they have," he said. "I grew up watching the movie Rudy and liked it."
Newman hopes to attend the Fighting Irish prospect camp this summer.
Auburn, which came into Louisville and put up a fight for defensive lineman Corey Peters in the Class of 2006 and signed Brent Slusher out of the Bluegrass State in the Class of 2007, is another program in the mix for Newman. The defensive tackle plans to head to Auburn for a junior day in the near future.
"It's the same thing with Auburn as with Notre Dame and Michigan," Newman said. "I've just always known they were good and they have a lot of respect for their program."
The hometown Louisville Cardinals, Wake Forest and Alabama are some other programs that could be in the mix for Newman.