AUBURN, AL - Auburn football has signed junior college quarterback Cameron Newton National Letter of Intent, announced head coach Gene Chizik Thursday. The No. 1 overall junior college prospect according to Rivals.com, Newton helped lead Blinn College (Texas) to the 2009 NJCAA National Championship.
"We're extremely pleased that Cameron Newton has decided to become a part of the Auburn Family," Chizik said. "In addition to being the nation's premier junior college player, we also feel like he's a great fit for Auburn."
The 6-6, 245-pound Newton passed for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 655 yards and 16 scores this past season at Blinn.
Newton completed 204-of-336 for Buccaneers, who finished with an 11-1 record.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Newton transferred to Blinn after attending the University of Florida in 2007 and 2008. As a true freshman in 2007, Newton was the backup quarterback, playing in five contests. He rushed for 103 yards on just 16 carries, scoring three touchdowns on the ground, while passing for 40 yards on 5-of-10 passes. He redshirted in 2008.
Newton attended Westlake High School in Atlanta where he was named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Super Southern 100 and participated in the inaugural All-American Offense-Defense All-American Bowl as a senior.
Newton's Bio is listed below:
QB, 6-6, 245
Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake HS/Florida/Blinn Junior College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE: Junior College Coach: Brad Franchione ... Helped lead Blinn College to junior college to the 2009 NJCAA National Championship after passing for 2,833 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 655 yards and 16 TDs … Led the Buccaneers to an 11-1 record … NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American … Rated as No. 1 QB (high school or junior college) by Rivals.com and is the only five-star QB according to Rivals … No. 1 overall JUCO prospect by Rivals … Four-star prospect by Scout.com.
2008 (FLORIDA): Redshirted … Action in season opener versus Hawaii, rushing for 10 yards and a TD on five carries, while connecting on 1-of-2 passes for 14 yards.
2007 (FLORIDA): Saw extensive playing time in five games during versus Western Kentucky, Troy, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Florida Atlantic ...
Rushed for 103 yards on just 16 carries, scoring three touchdowns on the ground … Completed five passes in 10 attempts for 40 yards … Just sixth quarterback in Florida history to see action in the season opener as a true freshman, joining Tim Tebow, Chris Leak, Josh Portis, Cris Collinsworth and Doug Johnson … Career-long 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter versus Florida Atlantic … Rushed for a career-high 46 yards against the Owls on just six attempts … Carried the ball five times for 33 yards against Vanderbilt … Guided the Florida offense to a touchdown against Tennessee, highlighted by an 11-yard run when he bowled over Volunteers' safety Dennis Rogan … Scored first career touchdown on a 4-yard plunge against Western Kentucky … Completed three of four passes for 25 yards in his debut against the Hilltoppers … Enrolled at Florida in January 2007.
HIGH SCHOOL: High school coach: Dallas Allen … Participated in the inaugural All-American Offense-Defense All-American Bowl for Team East following his senior season … His squad won the game, 28-14 … One of nine quarterbacks in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Super Southern 100 … As a junior, completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns … Threw just nine interceptions and rushed for 638 yards and nine TDs.
PERSONAL: Born May 11, 1989 … Son of Cecil and Jackie Newton.