Newell ready for season, plans visits

One of the most highly-sought after prospects from the Midlands region in the Class of 2014, Hiawatha (KS) High defensive tackle Peyton Newell has already racked up 15 scholarship offers. With his junior season looming he's putting recruiting on hold for the moment, but is eyeing a number of in-season unofficials.

Peyton Newell had a busy summer.

One of the most highly sought-after prospects from the Midlands region in the Class of 2014, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive lineman has already racked up 15 scholarship offers - from the likes of Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and more.

He spent much of the summer on the road with his dad, Frank, visiting campuses and attending camps and combines. But one shouldn't assume for a second all that travel interfered with his off-season training regimen.

In fact, this summer Newell broke five Hiawatha (KS) High school weightlifting records - the squat, push press, incline press, decline press and bench press. He squatted a whopping 700 pounds and benched 360 pounds.

Just one mark eluded him.

"The only record I didn't break was hang clean, and I lost that by 10 pounds," Newell said, laughing. "I'll get that next year."

As Hiawatha prepares for its season-opener with Perry-Lecompton (KS) High on Aug. 31, the athletic defensive lineman is focused solely on his junior season, his team and the possibility of an exciting season.

"All my time right now is devoted to my tema," Newell said. "The reason I have all these offers is because of what I put into the field in the fall."

Still, he and his family have found time to carve out Saturday dates at a number of campuses for unofficial visits during the season, for the chance to take in a gameday atmosphere with some of the programs on his list.

He'll visit Kansas on Sept. 14 for the Jayhawks' tilt with one of their newly-minted conference bretheren, TCU - and he'll have a special guest in addition to his dad.

"We're bringing my grandma down there, and she's definitely excited," Newell said. "It will be her first college game ever."

He also plans to visit Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame (the weekend of his birthday in mid-November) and Oklahoma State during the season.

Interested parties shouldn't expect a quick decision, however.

"I'm definitely excited for it, and I'm going to wait," Newell said. "I think I'll make my final decision next summer and this spring narrow it down to 3-4 choices." Top Stories