Lake Taylor RB Malik Newton (Photo: Lance Hinton/recruit757)
Malik Newton led his Lake Taylor Titans to the State Title game in his sophomore season
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Lake Taylor running back Malik Newton earned his selection to recruit757’s Elite Showcase at Redskins Park based on his performance in just two seasons of high school ball.
As a freshman, Newton was a starter as a running back and linebacker.
In his sophomore season, Newton was not only a key to the Titan defense, but he was also a force in the Titans’ run game as they went all the way to the VHSL Class 4 State Championship game before losing to Woodgrove to finish the season 13-2.
Newton is a three-sport athlete (Football, Basketball, Baseball). The Basketball team went to the state tournament this month, but his best sport may be baseball. Newton is a First Team All-State running back and holds scholarship offers from a number of prestigious schools like Virginia Tech and Penn State.
“It’s a blessing and I’m honored to be invited to the Redskins Camp,” said Newton. “Different coaches see (this performance). They can see, and go back to the head coach and tell him about us.”
While Division I college coaches could not attend Saturday’s camp because of compliance regulations related to direct evaluation, camp results and video are shared with the colleges who recruit the region. One-Day Prospect Camp invitations will come to the participants at Saturday’s showcase, and even scholarship offers can come from a strong performance at the event.
Newton’s performance against a solid linebacker corps that included Deep Creek junior Gabe Fuster, Oscar Smith junior Malcolm Britt, Midlothian sophomore Ed Clark, Lafayette junior Kristian Wilkerson and Appomattox freshman Tre Lawing made for a demanding day.
You can see highlights from Malik’s performance in the video window above. More videos and photos from Saturday’s event will roll out all week long as they are processed and posted.
– Andy Hilton
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