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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Over a dozen Newton Rams set for college visits to Georgia State, Alabama A&M this week
Newton running back Adarius Thomas breaks away on a long touchdown run last Friday against Eastside. The senior will be one of 18 Rams taking college visits this week. - photo by Anthony Banks

COVINGTON, Ga. — Although the Newton Rams split their first two games, the way some of their players have performed has turned heads of several nearby colleges. 

DB/WR Diondre Glover OLB Tyon Bigby and WR Robert Lewis, all 2020 class members, and CB Nyland Green (2021) are the headliners of a group of 14 Newton Rams set to visit Georgia State Thursday at 7 p.m. when the Panthers host Kennesaw State in the season opener for both teams. 

Lewis has had a particularly impressive start to his junior season, totaling five catches for 173 yards a and three touchdowns through the first two games, also adding a 45-yard kick return in Friday’s loss to Eastside, while Glover has starred at times on both sides of the ball, and Bigby has been a regular disrupter in his first two opponents’ offensive backfield. 

Robert Lewis
Junior wideout Robert Lewis has turned the heads of college recruiters already in 2018. - photo by Anthony Banks

Meanwhile, running back Adarius Thomas and linebacker Cozbi Craig — both seniors, along with two others — are slated for a trip to Alabama A&M Saturday when the Bulldogs take on Miles College at 7 p.m.

Thomas has rushed for a combined 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Alcovy and Eastside, while displaying a particularly bruising style of running despite his 5-foot-8, 175-pound size, and Craig had a particularly impressive outing with 12 tackles, three quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Alcovy.

Assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Skelton said the colleges contacted him about about getting some of the Rams’ players on campus after seeing some of the action in the season’s first two weeks, and before.  

“Certain guys were invited based on the momentum they’ve been developing over the offseason and so far this season,” Skelton said. “We have a ton of young guys as well as 2019 (players) that are doing well in that department.” 

Newton has a bye week this Friday after falling 27-20 to Eastside last week. The Rams will take the field again on Friday September 7 when they host Arabia Mountain (1-1) at Sharp Stadium at 7:30 p.m.