Inside the Class of '08: Tre' Newton

Tre' Newton (Robert Sellers/Robs Sports Pics)

The twelfth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Running back Tre' Newton.

Tre' Newton
Running back
Southlake Carroll
6-0/195/4.6
National Rank at RB: 75
Overall State Rank: 75
Star Rating: ***

An Inside Texas conversation with Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson:

Inside Texas: What made Tre' such a sought after prospect?

Hal Wasson: He is obviously the complete package as a running back. He plays well without the ball. He has great vision. He accelerates on contact. He finishes runs off. That is the beauty of him as a player. Probably more importantly, he is just a great role model, a great young man, great integrity, great leadership skills and so forth.

IT: What did the Texas coaches really like about Tre'?

Wasson: As I just mentioned, I think he plays so well without the ball. When I say without the ball in his hands, he blocks well. He fakes well. Of course, he obviously carries the ball well. I think he will do a really nice job in their shotgun package especially because that is what he has done. He plays with such a tremendous passion, and that is what you want in a running back. Someone that is passionate when he carries the ball because that gives him the ability to finish the runs off and turn three yards into five and so forth.

IT: Did Tre' play anywhere for you guys other than running back

Wasson: No. That is all he has ever done for us is straight running back. In our empty package, he can catch the ball really well. He has good hands. At times, we would put him out there and let him run a seam route or whatever because he has great speed. He is one of those guys that I call possessionally fast. He doesn't look like he is all that fast, but he can cover a lot of ground in a hurry.

IT: Do you think Tre' will need to put on some more weight to be successful at the next level?

Wasson: He has good size right now. He is probably about 195. I'm sure he will put on another 10 or 15 pounds of muscle as he gets acclimated to the off-season strength and conditioning program. I know Tre's work ethic is outstanding, and I'm sure he will add that muscle on as his career goes along.

IT: I know Tre' was an early enrollee for the spring semester. Have you talked to him about how things are going down at Texas?

Wasson: I've heard from his coaches that everything is going really well for him. I haven't spoken with Tre' personally, but the report I get from his coaches is that he is acclimatizing himself really nicely, as we knew he would. Tre' is a very mature young man, a very focused young man. From everything that I've heard about him, it's going really well.

IT: Was Tre' a leader for you, and if so, how did he lead?

Wasson: His peers voted him as one of our captains which speaks volumes with your teammates to look as you as a leader. Tre' always led by example. He is pretty much a quiet young man, but as game time approached he became a little bit more vocal. I would say that he led a lot more by example and by his productivity.

IT: What did Tre' mean to your football program?

Wasson: He meant a lot to it. I think the record they had while he was here is unmatched. Obviously, he had a couple of injuries that he had to deal with this year. Unfortunately, he missed several games with an ankle injury, but he continued to lead and be an example while he was unable to play. He is what you want your program to stand for: class, integrity, tremendous work ethic, unselfish. He was an extremely unselfish player. As I've always said, Tre' Newton is the total package as a player and as a person.

IT: What are some of the things that you think Tre' will need to work on to reach his potential at the next level?

Wasson: I think he, like all players, will need to get accustomed to the speed of the game at that level. With that, he has got to continue to get stronger. With his strength, I think he will continue to improve on his quickness and his play making ability. So, I think the main thing is just time, maturity, understanding the game. Tre' is extremely intelligent. He has a very strong mindset as far as understanding the game. I think his smarts will serve as a big ally for him.

IT: Is there anything you want to add about Tre' that we didn't cover?

Wasson: We're proud of Tre'. We wish him the best down there at UT. We know that he will be a great representation for the Carroll Dragons and for his family. It was truly an honor to coach Tre'. It was truly an honor to know him. We know great things are in store for him.

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UT Signing Day Bio: A three-time all-state and three-time all-district 5-5A performer ... a four-year starter and letterwinner at running back ... tabbed one of the state's Top 10 running backs by Dave Campbell's Texas Football ... a second-team member of Dave Campbell's Super Team ... helped lead Southlake Carroll to a 59-2 record and three state titles by rushing for 4,728 yards and 49 TDs on 610 carries (7.8 ypc) ... also caught 56 passes for 784 yards (14.0 ypc) and six TDs ... tabbed first-team 5A all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association and second-team all-state by The Associated Press as a senior ... also earned first-team all-district honors ... rushed 165 times for 1,373 yards (8.3 ypc) and 16 TDs as a senior ... also pulled in 10 receptions for 155 yards and a TD ... voted first-team 5A all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association, honorable mention 5A all-state by The Associated Press and first-team all-district as a junior ... led the Dragons to the state title by rushing for 2,010 yards and 20 TDs on 274 carries (7.3 ypc) ... also pulled in 27 receptions for 333 yards (12.3 ypc) and three TDs ... earned honorable mention 5A all-state and first-team all-district honors as a sophomore ... ran for 1,345 yards and 13 TDs on 171 attempts (7.9 ypc) and caught 19 passes for 296 yards (15.6 ypc) and two TDs ... also lettered in basketball as a sophomore ... was a three-year letterwinner in track and field ... qualified for regionals in the 100 meters (10.7) as a freshman and junior ... also led the 4x100 and 4x200-meter relays to regionals as a junior ... Born 10/15/1989 in Dallas, Texas ... full name is Nathaniel Newton III ... a prep honor roll student ... two-time member of the National Honor Society ... volunteers for the Presbyterian Night Shelter ... enjoys hanging out with friends ... father, Nate Newton Jr., played offensive line at FAMU (1980-83), with the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL (1984-85) and was a six-time Pro Bowler during his 14-year career with the Dallas Cowboys (1986-98) and the Carolina Panthers (1999) ... mother, Dorothy Newton, played volleyball at USL in Lafayette, La. (1979-82) ... uncle, Mike Johnson, played linebacker at Virginia Tech (1980-83), with the Philadelphia Stars of the USFL (1984-85) and for the Cleveland Browns (1986-93) and the Detroit Lions (1994-95) ... uncle, Tim Newton, played defensive tackle at Florida (1981-84) and spent nine years in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings (1985-89), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1990-91) and the Kansas City Chiefs (1993-94).

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