Newell garnering heavy interest

A productive offseason for Peyton Newell led to a strong season, and heavy recruiting interest as a result. The junior defensive has a long list of scholarship offers on the table. PurpleWildcats offers the latest news on the Hiawatha, Kan. three-star prospect.

It was quite the summer for Peyton Newell. The three-star defensive end scoured the country to attend as many camps as possible. It paid off, leading to a long list of scholarship offers.

With his junior season in the books, Newell receives daily loads of letters and plenty of phone calls from prospective schools. He credits his productive offseason for the early success.

"It's almost more important than the season itself," Newell said of his offseason conditioning. "I know how important it is, which is why I'm working so hard again. I enjoy the offseason. You can get away from things, hide, and get better, then explode in the fall."

The strong offseason led Newell to a standout junior season. he broke three school records at Hiawatha (Kan.) High School and was named all-state. As a result, plenty of recruiting interest followed.

Newell, a 6-foot-3, 275-pounder, has offers from Baylor, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, TCU, and UCLA, among others.

A college decision for Newell will likely come in the summer, but he has yet to name favorites. However, he knows what to find in the right school.

"I definitely want a school that can have me reach my full potential," he said. "That's the most important thing."

While Newell made many college visits during the offseason, he still has a short list of schools he hopes to visit, including Northwestern.

The Wildcats extended a scholarship offer during the fall, and have made him a priority on their recruiting board. The interest is certainly mutual.

"I'm definitely very interested in them," Newell said of Northwestern. "Their academics stick out to me."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats. He resides on Chicago's north side.
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