The 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end from Hiawatha (KS) High has visited a number of programs during the past year, and last weekend he visited two more - Iowa and Iowa State. Both visits went extremely well, Newell said, as he got to spend some time with the coaching staff, tour the facilities and take in a practice.
First up were the Cyclones, which he and his father visited Friday.
"It was kind of a lighter practice, because their first big scrimmage was Saturday," Newell said. "I got a little taste of how the d-linemen work down there, how the coach communicates with them, which was great. Overall it was a great day."
Saturday, they made the quick trip over to Iowa City, for a visit with the Hawkeyes.
"We toured the stadium and then we went to practice," Newell said. "I got a very good taste of what Iowa football is all about."
While the travel may get wearying for some, he enjoys the time one the road with his father.
"We really enjoy it," Newell explained. "Because, first of all, football is in our blood. But it's also time me and my dad get to spend together."
The number of programs showing interest in Newell at this early stage is impressive, and growing practically by the day. Recently, he's begun receiving letters from Boston College, North Carolina, South Carolina, Miami, South Florida, Texas Tech, Stanford, UCLA and Oregon.
"It's definitely been expanding these past few months," he said. "It's going to be a big summer and junior year is just going to be awesome."
Currently, Newell has plans to to attend the National Underclassman Combine as well as the Nike combine, as well as team camps at Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri. Notre Dame, Stanford, Iowa and Iowa State are possibilities as well.