The week started out well for defensive lineman Peyton Newell. The Class of 2014 defensive lineman picked up his second scholarship offer Monday night.
"My coach called me and asked me to hurry over to his house," the 6-foot-3, 270-pound Hiawatha (KS) Senior High sophomore said. "He only lives about four blocks away from me. It's pretty small-town Kansas.
"I got there and he told me that (Iowa Assistant) Coach LeVar Woods wanted to talk to me. He talked to my coach for about five minutes and then I got on and he offered me."
Newell visited Iowa at the beginning of April.
"(Woods) said I'm exactly what they want in a player at Iowa," Newell said. "They like how important grades are to me and just how hard of a worker I am."
Newell plans to be back at Iowa on June 18. He won't participate in camp but wants to get to know the coaches and the Hawkeye players better.
"I definitely like where the program has been and where it's going," Newell said. "The new facilities that they're building there are going to be phenomenal. Coach Woods said the same coaches that coached him at Iowa are still there. That's something I really like about the program and it speaks volumes about just how good their program actually is."
Woods visited Hiawatha Senior about two weeks ago, Newell said.
"He mostly talked to my head coach," he said. "I was only able to talk to him for about five minutes. It went well, though."
Newell is receiving interest from a lot of the nation's top programs. The offers he's picked up the last two weeks could mean more of them are on the way.
"I think it's starting to pick up," Newell said. "Coach Woods said that because Iowa is such a good program and the legacy that they hold he said the offers are just going to start coming in now. I'm definitely looking forward to it."