Newell showing interest in Buffs

Peyton Newell has yet to start his sophomore year in high school. The Kansas product is already being watched by the top college football programs in the country, however.

Newell, from Hiawatha, Kan., is a 6-foot-2, 250-pound defensive end/tight end. Going up against juniors and seniors throughout the summer camp circuit, he's been one of the most impressive players on a consistent basis.

Hard to believe he's still three years from high school graduation, yet Newell is already on the radar for many of the top programs in the country. He has received numerous letters from schools in the Big 12, Southeastern Conference and Big Ten.

"I'm definitely blessed for it," Newell said of all the attention he has received.

Naturally, Newell is interested in several schools near his home: Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri. He also has Colorado on his list at this point.

"I actually really like Colorado," he said. "I have a few cousins that live out there and I really like the coaching change that they did. I think they're goint to have a good program."

Newell is nowhere close to making a decision, however. He's got a couple of years for that.

"I'm keeing my options open," he said.

Last weekend, Newell was impressive at Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine in Los Angeles. He won the Freshman Combine King, Strongest Man and defensive line MVP awards. During that combine, Newell bench pressed 155 pounds 30 times, had a broad jump of 8 feet, 10 inches, a vertical leap of 30.5 inches and ran a 5.0 40-yard dash.

As a freshman at Hiawatha High, he had 44 tackles (10 for loss) and five sacks. As he gets older and more mature, there's no telling what he'll accomplish.

For now, however, Newell is keeping busy with camps and combines that are making him a household name in the recruiting game.

"I'm just having fun with it," he said. "I have some pressure that I put on myself, which is what you need to get to the next level."

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