Northwestern offers Newell

Hiawatha (KS) defensive end Peyton Newell added his 17th offer, coming from the Northwestern Wildcats. Newell, a talented prospect in the 2014 recruiting class, discusses his latest offer and what makes it stand out.

Peyton Newell was buried in homework on Sunday night. Homecoming week at Hiawatha (KS) High School meant he had more than an hour of work for each class.

"That was the last thing I wanted to do," Newell said.

His night turned around when Northwestern coaches Pat Fitzgerald and Dennis Springer called the Newell household. They wanted to extend a scholarship offer.

"It definitely made my night a lot better," said Newell.

The offer from Northwestern is the 17th Newell has garnered, and the fifth from the Big Ten conference. For Newell, the offer had added significance.

"I was definitely excited," he said. "It's not like Northwestern is just another division-one school; they have a really good program."

Newell, a talented defensive end, has been on Northwestern's recruiting radar for a long time. Springer has stayed in constant contact with Newell's father, Frank.

There has been mutual interest between the two parties. The scholarship offer solidifies that interest.

"I've definitely been blessed to get the academics and the athletics worth that offer," he said. "Definitely, with Northwestern, I can reach my full capability with the best of both worlds there."

The next step for Newell is to take a campus visit in Evanston for the first time. He anticipates that could be done during the season, possibly during NU's bowl practices.

In looking big picture, Newell is still enjoying the recruiting process and taking the time to evaluate each option.

"I'm taking it day by day," he said. "I'm not picking a favorite right now. I'm going to see what offers I have. I'll make my final decision at the end of summer and make my commitment then."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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