Robby Newton visited the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team on Sunday and Monday and was ready to make an oral commitment when he left.
His parents urged the Whitefish Bay native to sleep on it. He did, but nothing in his mind changed.
"It just fit every single thing I was looking for," Newton said.
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The 18-year-old forward said he called Badgers coach Tony Granato to give his commitment, likely for the fall of 2021, Tuesday night. He made it public Wednesday.
He's the third member of the 2019 state championship University School of Milwaukee team to make a nonbinding commitment to the Badgers. Forward Ethan Mann and defenseman Casey Roepke had earlier joined the list of recruits.
Together, they went 28-2 last season with the Wildcats.
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"I'm really looking forward to playing with them again," Newton said.
In three state tournament games last season, Newton — listed at 5-foot-9 and 193 pounds — scored four goals with two assists. In 30 games overall, he scored 28 times with 47 assists in his senior season.
He joined the North American Hockey League's Janesville Jets to finish last season before moving to the United States Hockey League's Cedar Rapids Roughriders this season.
In 10 USHL games for Cedar Rapids, Newton has scored four goals with six assists. Three of his goals came in the Sept. 26 season opener against Youngstown. He also scored last Friday against the Madison Capitols.
"I knew I was never going to score three goals in every game or something like that," he said. "I'm trying my best to make an impact every game and get shots on net and make the right play. I still think I'm in a little bit of a learning stage, 10 games in. And every game presents a different challenge."
Newton also played for Team Wisconsin before and after the high school season along with fellow Badgers recruits Zach Urdahl and Sam Stange, and he credited coach Brad Byce for helping his growth.
"Without him giving me that chance, I would never have been here," Newton said.