"All this hard work has definitely been paying off," Peyton Newell said. "It just seems like everything is coming in now. All these phone calls, it's definitely really starting to get fun."
Adding a second offer from the Big 12 was an exciting moment for the 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman from Hiawatha (KS) High - particularly one coming off a great season which produced the 2011 Heisman Trophy Winner.
"Any time you get a full ride offer coming from the Big 12 it makes you realize how lucky you are in life," Newell said. "I was definitely glad to get that offer. It's a big offer, a really good school. The academics there are really good and that's something I definitely look in to."
Recently, the big lineman took home MVP honors from a National Underclassmen Combine regional event in Kansas City, after putting up fantastic physical numbers across the board.
Newell was a traveling man last summer, hitting as many college camps and combine events as he could to both help get his name out there and test his mettle against quality competition. Additionally, he wanted to prove to himself and college recruiters just what he was capable of.
"A lot of people don't believe I can run 4.79 (seconds in the 40-yard dash) and weigh 270 pounds," he explained. "We do that to get real results and be able to show certified results. We're just doing that one combine (in Kansas City this year), and that will probably be the last combine of my high school career."
Now, he's focusing on camps. In two weeks he'll head to Houston for the Semper Fidelis "Junior Rank" camp, then follow that up with a Nike Football Training Camp event in Champaign, Ill.
Additionally, he knows he'll be attending camps at Missouri, Oklahoma State and Stanford, with the rest of the schedule yet to be finalized. Newell is hearing from a multitude of programs in addition to those who have offered, including Kansas, Kansas State, Illinois, Texas Tech, Penn State, Stanford and more.
Stay tuned for more on the recruitment of one of the top prospects in the Midlands region from the junior class.