Mount Vernon HS RB Darrien Newton (Photo: Mount Vernon Majors Football)
Darrien Newton had almost 2000 all-purpose yards in his senior season
by Andy Hilton, recruitNoVA
Mount Vernon High School running back Darrien Newton was a force in his senior season.
He piled up around 1000 receiving yards as a running back and slot receiver, and when you add in return yards, he nearly eclipsed the 2,000 yard mark, finishing with 1,914 yards and 14 touchdowns.
At about 5-8 and 175 pounds, the knock on him was going to be for his size, but he more than demonstrated his play making abilities. After plenty of consideration, Newton committed to Division II Fairmont State on Thursday.
Instead of taking a preferred walk on opportunity at one of the many Division I schools that were interested in him, Darrien opted for a scholarship offer at Fairmont.
“The process has been long. I had close ties to West Point earlier in the fall. I had an offer from them, but it didn’t work out in the end,,” said Newton. “I was looking for options. I had a Bluefield (NAIA) offer, and lots of interest from other D1 schools. Many of those Division I schools suggested preferred walk-ons. Then Fairmont visited the school and they immediately caught my interest. Before you know it I went on a visit there, and was offered. It all worked out.”
Fairmont State competes in the Mountain East Conference against similar schools like UVA-Wise, Shepherd, Concord, West Virginia State and West Virginia Wesleyan.
You can see some of Darrien Newton’s electric play making skills in the highlight video below.
– Andy Hilton