A somewhat surprising twist in the story of highly rated former Pitt running back commit Malik Newton.
Prior to spring practice, Pitt announced that Newton was medically disqualified from playing for the Panthers. He would be permitted to remain on scholarship and work toward his degree but he wasn’t medically cleared to compete on the field. Because of privacy laws, no reason has been given as to why Newton was medically disqualified.
It appears Newton wants to continue to try and play college football because the former 3-star recruit tells Pittsburgh Sports Now that he’s entered the transfer portal and looking to go to a new school.
“Yea, I’m playing football,” Newton tells Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Newton (5’11”, 215) was one of the handful of players that former Pitt assistant Chris Beatty was able to pull from Virginia. Before signing with Pitt, the powerful and skilled back held offers from Clemson, Louisville, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Pittsburgh Sports Now is working to get more reaction from Newton about this decision.