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[Cam Newton's high school coach Dallas] Allen was especially surprised by Newton’s decision because...

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[Cam Newton's high school coach Dallas] Allen was especially surprised by Newton’s decision because Auburn assistant coaches Tommy Thigpen and Ted Roof had both been in his office just days before to recruit another player and never once mentioned Newton. Allen called them after Newton’s announcement and asked why they hadn’t said they would be getting Newton. "They said, ‘Coach, we didn’t even know,’ " Allen says.

Thayer Evans: "Family is why I'm here" Nice to see Newton's commitment took even the Auburn coaching staff by surprise. Also, Thayer Evans has filed three stories in three day on Auburn, one from Atlanta, one from Thibodaux, and then another from Atlanta. Think Fox Sports is dedicated to this story? Final note, the other recruit mentioned in that quote is Darius Robinson, a 2010 DB recruit who signed with Clemson after a late flirtation with Auburn.