Newton heading to Auburn

Former Florida quarterback Cam Newton said Thursday he will transfer from Blinn College to Auburn.

"It's the right choice for me," Newton said. "It's an explosive offense."

Newton, 6-6, 245 pounds, led Blinn to a national junior college championship this season.

Newton chose Auburn over Mississippi State and Oklahoma.

"Hopefully we will meet Florida in the SEC title game," said Newton, who has two years of eligibility remaining and said he'll report to campus Jan. 9. "Coach [Gus] Malzahn [Auburn's offensive coordinator] is one of the top coaches in the game. Auburn can look forward to a top-notch player who will bring leadership and will be a good role model."

Newton said it was difficult to tell Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, for whom he once played at Florida, that he had chosen another school.

"That's also an up-and-coming program," Newton said. "Coach Mullen taught me a lot and we have a great relationship."

Joe Schad covers college football for ESPN.