Peyton Newell continued his proactive approach to recruiting over the weekend. Despite still waiting for his first scholarship offer, the 2014 defensive lineman got out to see a few more schools showing interest in him.
"Honestly, all the facilities and the stadiums are looking the same," the Hiawatha (KS) Senior High product said. "I was really impressed. I was impressed with the academic graduation rates at both schools. They're ranked third in their conferences.
"I have a 4.0 GPA. I want to use my brain to get into something with football."
A solid performance at the Hawkeyes' event could yield him an opportunity for which he's looking.
"They wanted me to come back this summer for a camp and they'll decide then on whether to offer me or not," Newell said. "As of right now, I think we're going to camp at Iowa."
Newell said he got along well with Iowa linebackers coach LeVar Woods, who recruits his area, and assistant defensive line coach Eric Johnson. He also enjoyed watching the Hawkeyes work out.
"It was a full-padded practice," Newell said. "Practice was about three hours. I definitely got to look at everything as far as coaches and how the team works. I was really impressed.
"They looked like they're going to have a good team this year. The way the practice was run, it was very intense. They practice like champions and that's something I'll really look into when I'm picking a school."
Newell feels like the schools at which he plans to camp think highly of him.
"If I had the choice, it will probably be towards the end of next June when I make a decision. I want to enjoy my senior year and not have to worry about any of that stuff."
Newell, who plays DE, TE and FB for his high school team, knows what's most important to him when picking a school.
"I'm definitely looking for a good academic school, the facilities and the coaching staff, of course," he said. "I definitely want to play for a team that expects to win and works to be in the national championship."