Newell one of the Midlands' most promising

Newell one of the Midlands' most promising

Peyton Newell picked up his first scholarship offer in late April, when TCU pulled the trigger for the 6-foot-2, 270-pound defensive lineman out of Hiawatha (KS) High. Though just a junior, that offer opened the floodgates for Newell. In the weeks since, he's added five more from some big-time programs - Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska and UCLA.

He expected the offers would be coming at some point. After all, Peyton Newell has worked tirelessly for the opportunity to play college football at the highest level. Last summer, he and his father traveled to numerous camps and combines, helping him build his name with a serious of outstanding performances.

He followed it up with a stellar sophomore campaign, recording 74 tackles, six sacks, and 26 tackles for loss.

"I think what really did it is the highlight video that my dad did that we sent out to everyone," Newell said. "The Baylor coach said it, Nebraska and also KU has said it. They said they watched the first three plays of my highlight video and said they wanted me."

Those six BCS offers under his belt are more than the overwhelming majority of football recruits will receive during their own recruitments, and more are assuredly on the way.

So with his future in good hands, one might assume the natural instinct would be to take his foot off the gas pedal a bit. But one would be wrong.

Not only will he maintain a rigorous camp schedule, he's in the weight room six days a week, and the work has paid off. He runs consistently in the 4.8-second range in the 40-yard dash, a sub-4.5-second shuttle and bench presses 350 pounds.

"We do mostly powerlifting and bodybuilding stuff," Newell said. "Once we get into the summer that's when I do all the conditioning, hang clean and lifts like that - more getting in shape for football season."

Because it's still extremely early in the process, the athletic defensive lineman is obviously taking his time. But he does have a general idea of when he'd like to narrow things down.

"I think probably by this time next year I want to have an idea of where I want to go," Newell said. "A top three, and narrowing it down to one."

This weekend, he'll travel to Illinois for an unofficial visit, and also take part in a Nike NFTC event.

Newell is also being recruited by the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Texas Tech and others.

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