Recruiting allegations involve Newton
A man who said he represented Auburn quarterback and Heisman hopeful Cameron Newton during his recruitment out of junior college last year asked for payment to secure his commitment to Mississippi State, according to former MSU player John Bond.
Newton has led Auburn (9-0) to the No. 3 ranking in the AP poll and the No. 2 spot in the most recent Bowl Championship Series standings.
“I will say this, very loud and very clear: Cameron Newton is eligible at Auburn University. Period. End of story,’’ Auburn coach Gene Chizik said last night on his weekly radio show.
Bond said he went straight to MSU with the allegations.
“During the 2009 football season, I was contacted by a former football teammate, who represented to me that he was speaking for the Newton camp,’’ Bond said in a statement. “He told me that Cam Newton wanted to play at Mississippi State, but that a specified payment would have to be made.’’
ESPN.com, which first reported the story, cited unidentified people as saying Bond’s former teammate Kenny Rogers was the one soliciting payment. The website reported the school refused to get involved with Rogers, who has separately come under scrutiny from the NFL Players Association and NCAA.
Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, said the family denies any allegations and is “cooperating with the investigation.’’