Gamecocks offer Newell

If any one prospect is proof that hard work pays off, it's Hiawatha (KS) High defensive tackle Peyton Newell.

During each of the past two summers, the Class of 2014 standout has attended as many camps and combines as possible, traversing the country in an effort to get his abilities in front of the eyes of scouts and coaches. It's meant long hours on the road, and at times it has been a grind, but Wednesday evening Peyton Newell received his 15th scholarship offer.

That's a serious payday.

This most recent scholarship came from the SEC, and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Newell put in a phone call to his recruiter with the program, quarterbacks coach G.A. Mangus, who informed him of the good news.

"The coach basically said I was a no-brainer," an excited Newell told Fox Sports NEXT. "(Mangus) sat down with the defensive coach and the head coach (Steve Spurrier) and after five plays they said 'It's a no-brainer offer.'"

"They said that they were actually coming up, a group of them are coming up this fall to watch me play," he added. "What he said in five minutes was more than any of the other coaches could have said. He laid out how much they want me; he said I'd be a big fish in a small pond out there."

For now, Newell and his father, Frank, have called a halt to the traveling. There were other opportunities for camps as the summer winds to a close, but they simply wanted to take some well-earned time to relax.

"I was definitely glad to get this offer," Newell noted. "Any time you get an SEC offer (it's big)."

The Gamecocks join TCU, Baylor, Iowa, Illinois, UCLA, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, California, Kansas State and Tulsa on his offer list.

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