Superman’s Little Brother
In a surprise move it was reported last week that Caylin Newton, the little brother of NFL MVP Cam Newton, planned a visit to Penn State. Playing his first two seasons at Howard University, an HBCU power, Newton is looking to step up to a power 5 conference. 2019 was a dramatic season for Newton. It began with a new coaching staff, and ended after just a handful of games and Caylin taking a unique redshirt season. He then abruptly decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal bringing him to this first major visit.
Most casual fans have never heard of Cam’s little brother. Being an alum of two HBCUs (Delaware State & Morgan State) myself, I’ve known him for a couple of seasons. He began his career as a walk-on at Howard and took the conference by storm. In his first game as a starter he won arguably the greatest upset in College football history 43-40 over UNLV.
The 3 point victory was simply stunning. Newton led his team to victory over their FBS opponent as a +45 dog!!! In case you were wondering, that was the biggest point spread victory in the history of the NCAA. Individually Caylin put up 330 total yards and 3 TDs. This first game put the younger Newton on the map.
Caylin Newton went on to finish his freshman season with 2,432 passing and 753 rushing to go with 25 total TDs. This amazing walk on campaign garnered him the MEAC Rookie of the Year award. The future looked bright in the nation’s capital for the younger Newton.
Following his award winning freshman year Newton bettered his numbers across the board in his sophomore season. For his improvements Caylin brought home the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year award. Then came a coaching change and the abrupt decision to transfer.
The most interesting part about the visit by Caylin Newton to Penn State is the presence of star QB Sean Clifford. For his part, Clifford is a Redshirt Sophomore with multiple years of eligibility left at his disposal. With only two years of remaining eligibility himself, it is fair to wonder if Newton would be able to win a meaningful role on the team before the clock struck midnight.
There is always a chance that Clifford could bolt for the NFL after the 2020 season and leave the keys to the kingdom on the table for Newton. Caylin has the skill set to be a natural fit in James Franklin’s system. He is both athletic and has a decent enough arm to at a minimum hold down the number 2 spot.
It is also possible that a potential position change could be in the works if a decision to come to Happy Valley is made. A third possibility could be a hybrid role reminiscent of Tommy Stevens where Newton plays a joker role doing a little bit of everything until the job opens up down the road.
No matter the case, Caylin Newton signing to play ball in Happy Valley would be an interesting fit. It would almost certainly bring a different kind of attention to the program. His older brother would likely find his way around the team at some point in time helping with overall recruiting. At this time we do not know if this visit has already occurred. All parties involved are being somewhat mum on the topic after the initial announcement. I will be keeping my ear to the ground to hear and bring you the story as it develops. I’d be excited to see what Newton could do with the resources available to him at Happy Valley.
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