Lake Taylor RB Malik Newton (Photo: Brian Knight/recruit757)
H2P! Lake Taylor RB Malik Newton has reservations for Pittsburgh
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Lake Taylor’s run through Class 4 last year was nothing short of spectacular.
And although it was team effort from the coaching staff, to the players, and even to the community that houses Lake Taylor; their championship glow wouldn’t have been as luminous without that of starting running back Malik Newton (2021 RB 5-11 215).
The Lake Taylor product took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon to make it known an announcement would be made later that evening on Instagram live. The ten minute and nine second video started around the six-minute mark with Newton thanking his coaching staff, friends, and family. It would end with Newton struggling to take his jacket off after announcing his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh.
Joining Newton towards the end of the video was starting Booker T. Washington running back Rodney Hammond who committed to Pittsburgh in November towards the end of the regular season. Both will join Phoebus starting defensive end Trevion Stevenson who committed to Pittsburgh back on April 22 after de-committing from Old Dominion as well as Ocean Lakes wide receiver Myles Alston who committed on April 27.
This is a decision for the Lake Taylor battering ram that has been years in the making. However, Newton dropped a breadcrumb on March 20 that gave the entire region a flicker of an idea in terms of which move program he would call home in 2021.
Newton released a “Top Twelve” list that included: Pittsburgh, Penn State, Nebraska, Temple, Syracuse, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Louisville, and Old Dominion University. In total, Newton collected 20 collegiate offers including North Carolina, Charlotte, Purdue, Liberty, and Virginia among others. Of all 20 programs, Chris Beatty and Pittsburgh was the seventh program to take a chance on Newton and it did so back in April of 2019.
He’ll look to build off of a miraculous season where he went on to rush for 2,060 yards on 213 carries and 32 touchdowns. The Class 4 Player of the Year also secured 57 tackles on the defensive side of the ball including six interceptions and one touchdown.
Of the 13 commitments Pittsburgh holds from the 2021 recruiting class, four are native to the 757.
– Brandon Mitchell
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