Newell Ready for South Carolina

Three star defensive end Peyton Newell saw a lot of football in 2012, visiting a handful of college campuses on gameday. The well-traveled 2014 prospect will make his first visit to Columbia this weekend for Junior Day at South Carolina. Go Inside for more on Newell and the Gamecocks…

Defensive end Peyton Newell made a handful of unofficial visits during the 2012 season, and he's very savvy to the recruiting process. The three star prospect knows what he is looking for in a college football program.

"Mostly the coaching staff," Newell said. "I want to play for a school with tradition that wants to win games."

The Hiawatha, KS prospect is gearing up for a trip to Columbia for Junior Day at South Carolina, he's looking forward to seeing SEC country this weekend.

"It should be a fun trip with my dad," he said on Wednesday. "I'm excited to see the facilities and meet the coaching staff."

The all-state defender began the recruiting process following a breakout sophomore season. After posting 74 tackles, 26 Tackles For Loss, and 6 Sacks, Newell hit the football camp and combine circuit to prove his mettle against prospects from around the country. Now he's looking at an opportunity to play in the nation's premiere football conference.

"Playing in the SEC would be an opportunity of a lifetime," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect is one of the most highly-recruited defensive linemen in the class of 2014, with 22 offers to his credit. Coach Spurrier's staff offered him a scholarship last July, but admits he's not an expert on the Gamecocks.

"I know that Coach Spurrier has been a winner everywhere he has been," he said with a smile. "Honesty, I don't know that much about the South Carolina defense, but I hope to learn a lot this weekend though."

"Hopefully I'll get to see the camouflage uniforms," he added with a big smile.

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