Newell 'Excited' by Wisconsin

He has close to 30 scholarship offers from some of the best BCS schools in the country, but Hiawatha (KS) defensive end Peyton Newell admitted that getting a Wisconsin scholarship offer this weekend was a big deal.

MADISON - Wisconsin is fighting for some big-time recruits under new head coach Gary Andersen and Hiawatha (KS) defensive end Peyton Newell is one of those targets now on the Badgers radar. Newell had an impressive season his junior year (61 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, 10 sacks) and felt it has resulted in his long offer list.

"I was really proud of the way I had performed this past season," Newell told Badger Nation. "The dedication I put to the field this past summer and it paid off this season. I really improved on my ability to get to the quarterback off the edge."

The 6-3, 280-pound Newell has close to 30 offers from the likes of South Carolina, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, but the newest team that entered the fold is Wisconsin.

While most schools have been the ones reaching out to Newell, Newell's father was the one that started the communication with Wisconsin, Andersen and defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a. With Peyton's grandfather in Burlington, roughly 90 minutes away from the campus, the Badgers' interest has been embraced by Newell.

"We have been up there a few times to see my grandpa," Newell said. "They asked my dad to call them and they said they wanted to offer me. They just said they love my motor, strength and stuff like that. This was an offer I was definitely excited to get. They would be a school that I would like to visit.

"My great grandpa is a Badgers fan, even though he went to Stanford. It does help having someone like him around there. The academics there are one-of-a-kind and that is something that attracts me there with me having a 3.96 GPA. The defensive line has a history of guys going to the NFL."

With the recruiting process still early, Newell hopes to narrow his list down by the beginning of spring.

"The recruiting process is going well, but it is definitely overwhelming," Newell said. "It is tough with everyday with every offer and wanting to make the right decision because it is a four-year decision.

"When I narrow it down relationships are really important to me as far as the players, coaches and having a lot of trust. The strength and conditioning coach is also someone that I will be around every day, so that is key, too."

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