There were two official visitors at Oregon this weekend. Rivals100 quarterback Matt Gutierrez was one. Who was the other?
Joe Newton, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound athlete from Roseburg, Ore., made his official visit to the Eugene campus over the weekend.
Newton starts at both tight end and at defensive end for Roseburg.
Newton made 22 catches for six touchdowns as a junior. With his team off to a 6-0 start this season, Newton has made 13 catches and scored three touchdowns.
His defensive work has also been outstanding. He has eight sacks. But no matter how good Newton is on defense, college coaches are talking to him about playing tight end.
“They all tell me that I’m a tight end type,” Newton said. “I can catch pretty good and I’m a decent all-around athlete.”
Oregon is not the only team courting him. Oregon State, like the Ducks, has offered him a scholarship. Washington, Stanford and Cal are also calling him on a weekly basis.
Newton says he’s looking for a school that combines a good football program with solid academics. He’s not just giving lip service to his schoolwork, either. He carries a 3.76 GPA and has scored a 1,310 on the SAT.
Newton enjoyed his official visit and the one-hour car trip north to Eugene.
“It was really great. I met the team and the coaches, they were great people.”
But Newton said he still wants to look around before making a college decision.
“I’m hopefully going to visit all of the places before I decide anything. All of the coaches have talked about visit dates, but I haven’t set any of them in stone yet.”