Top JUCO recruit opts for Auburn

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It was the perception that Auburn was the leading contender for the services of quarterback Cam Newton, the top JUCO prospect in the country.

As it turns out, that perception was very much reality.

According to multiple recruiting websites, the former Florida Gator has committed to Auburn this evening.  Mississippi State and Oklahoma were also in the running at various points, although it was reported last week that Newton had dropped the Sooners and was down to just the Tigers and Bulldogs.

Newton holds Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn in high regard, and the relationship he’s fostered with the coordinator played a big role in his decision.

“Coach Malzahn, honestly in my opinion, is one of the top up and coming coordinators in the country,” Newton told Scout.com. “It’s getting real big at Auburn.”

Newton will have two years of eligibility remaining, and will enroll at Auburn in January and participate in spring practice as the battle begins to find a replacement for departing starter Chris Todd.