Planning For The Future - Peyton Newell

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Recruiting can either make a program great or just average and great recruiting always makes coaching easier is the adage. Kansas State is looking to close the Kansas borders and keep in-state talent at home and is already recruiting one of the nations' best BLUE CHIP prospects.

Kansas State has made significant inroads with talented sophomore Peyton Newell who may end up being one of the most ballyhooed recruits the Sunflower State for the Class of '14. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive end/tight end has a long list of accomplishments from camps and combines as well as impressive performances on the field for Hiawatha High School.

"My stats doubled from my freshman season," said Peyton Newell. "We're the smallest 4A school in the state, so we don't sub very often. Our summer workouts are intense. The work I put in during the off-season helped my strength, speed, and agility. I added 20 pound but shaved 0.3 seconds off my 40 time."

At defensive end, Newell made 74 tackles, a remarkable 26 tackles for loss, caused six sacks and forced four fumbles. On special teams, he blocked four extra point attempts and a punt.

At tight end, Newell had 12 catches for 246 yards and three touchdowns. After the Friday night games, Newell and family hit the road to take in many colleges in the Midwest.

"I went to three Kansas State games," Newell said, "as well as games at Missouri, Oklahoma State, Kansas, and Tulsa. As a sophomore there's little the coaches can say to me. In September they can make more contact with players. I was at a lot of camps last summer where I started building relationships with the coaching staffs."

Newell had a busy summer. In July he won combine king, defensive line MVP, and Strongest Man at the National Underclassmen Ultimate 100 Combine in Los Angeles. He also attended invite-only camps at Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois and Oklahoma State.

The coaches at Kansas State made a big impression on Newell (and vice versa) during his trips to Manhattan.

"Del Miller has come by the school several times," Newell said. "At [Kansas State] games the coaches have pulled me aside and talked to me quite a bit. I have a real good relationship with Joe Bob Clements, who coaches the defensive ends. There's nobody else like Coach Snyder. I'd consider myself privileged to play under him. What he's done at Kansas State has been unbelievable."

Next summer, Newell is hoping to get out to other camps and see more of the country with trips planned to Notre Dame, Stanford, and UCLA. Then he'll focus his attention back to Red Hawk football. Hiawatha lost in the first round of the 4A playoffs to Basehor-Linwood. Newell thinks next year's team will be even better.

"I'm excited already about my junior season," said Newell. "We only had five senior starters, so we'll have a lot of the team back. I'm the only returning captain. It's going to be up to me to step it up with leadership to get us where we want to be."

Currently, Newell is a starter on varsity basketball. An excellent student at Hiawatha High School in Brown County, Newell reports a 4.0 GPA. He wears No. 40 for the Red Hawks.

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