"I thought it made me realize what I need to work on, and what I need to work on to get better," Newell said of his combine experience.
Newell, who earned the nickname "Moose" shortly after his move in to the Har-Ber school district by way of Germantown, Tenn., recently added his first offer from Arkansas State.
"I was ecstatic," Newell informed us of his feelings when hearing the news about the offer. "That means that my college education will be paid for, and that is what matters the most."
"The first thing I did was check the school out online. I thought it was a great school, and that means no matter what comes down the road I will always have that. They would be good for me."
Arkansas State is not the only school showing Newell interest. He has been receiving mail from LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss Vanderbilt, Florida, Texas, Kansas and Kansas State, Michigan, Illinois, Purdue, Louisville.
Being from Springdale there is little doubt that Newell has a good relationship with Tulsa assistant coach Gus Malzahn, who has been recruiting the state of Arkansas for the Golden Hurricane.
"He is a great coach," Newell reported. "When I go down to Tulsa he is the first guy that comes up to me and talks to me. I think he is a great person and a great coach."
The Arkansas senior camp will provide a setting for all of the top in-state lineman to try to earn a scholarship offer from the Razorbacks, and Newell is certainly in the mix, but he is taking the calm and steady approach.
"I just got to go in there and do my best, and hopefully everything will turn out right," Newell said when asked about the opportunity the camp may afford. "I have always been a Hog fan, but I will have to do whatever is best for me right now, and I am just going to have to see how it goes."
Newell wanted to say a special thanks to Bartley Webb who has taken the time to coach him up during the off-season, but Webb is not the only person that Bryant is thankful to have in his corner. He explained that his parents have been very supportive.
"They have just been great," Newell stated. "They have been supporting me 100%. They said ultimately that it is my decision, wherever I want to go or whatever I want to do."