Saturday, January 7, 2017

Howard University World-Class Brand Sealed the Deal in QB Caylin Newton Football Commitment

His father says strength of campus culture and academics played into the decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In true signal-caller fashion, Caylin Newton opted to call his own play — and break his own news, on Twitter, no less.

On Jan. 5, Cam Newton’s little brother announced to the world that he’s taking his talents to Washington, D.C., to attend Howard University — and, presumably, play quarterback for the Bison.

“The [recruiting] process started before the season,” former Howard coach Gary Harrell told The Undefeated. “Caylin’s father [Cecil Newton Sr.] wanted something different for him. He could have gone anywhere in the country, and they could have paid his tuition anywhere. But they wanted an HBCU [historically black college or university], and they figured if it’s going to be an HBCU, why not the school that is considered to be the highest of all HBCUs.”

Having been down the recruitment road before with Cam, who was drafted as the first overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 NFL draft, the Newtons wanted no parts of a drawn-out process.

“We’re happy to be Bison,” Cecil Newton Sr. told The Undefeated. “Howard was a great institution before we got here. We’re all on board – Cam, my oldest son, Cecil Jr., the whole family. We’re all in this together.”

Football alone was not the only factor that made this decision easy, Newton Sr. noted. “It was a combination of campus culture, strong academics, as well as an opportunity to play football,” said Newton Sr., an alumnus of Savannah State.


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