Newell Takes In KU Junior Day

Hiawatha (KS) defensive end Peyton Newell has spent a lot of time in Lawrence over the past few years. Saturday he was in town for KU's Junior Day. Go Inside for more on Newell's visit…

Peyton Newell's family tree has Jayhawks all throughout its branches. Related to more than 30 KU alumni, Kansas is in the Hiawatha (KS) product's blood.

On Saturday, Peyton and his father, Frank, a former Jayhawk football player, made the trip to Lawrence for Junior Day.

"It went really well," Newell said, smiling. "My dad, he always loves Lawrence. They definitely made me feel special."

Having visited the KU program several times over the past few years, the three-star defensive end's experience was a bit different than the other visiting recruits.

"I sat in Coach Weis' office for about an hour," he said. "We talked about football, the future of Kansas, everything. I really enjoyed it."

Newell is among the most-highly recruited prospects in the class of 2014. With offers from Oklahoma, Michigan State, Georgia, and Wisconsin in the past five days, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound pass rusher has 28 offers in-hand.

"Kansas definitely made me feel like I'm their number one recruit, which they've said in the past."

While the other prospects in attendance were touring the facilities, Newell spent time with the Kansas coaching staff.

"They just talked about how badly they want me to be a Jayhawk," he said, proudly. "I spent the entire day with Coach Buddy Wyatt and Coach Clint Bowen. Coach Wyatt and I, we go back to freshman year when I went to camp there. And I love Coach Bowen. We've built a great relationship."

The Jayhawks took to the hardwood Saturday night for a conference tilt with Texas. Newell loved every minute of it, and was impressed once again with Kansas fans.

"There's nothing like Allen Field House," he said, eyes wide. "It think it got up to 118 decibels right before the game. My two cousins were there, a few of my college friends were there. It was good."

As the talented junior continues to add to his offer list, he's quick to point out he's nowhere near naming a favorite, or even a top 10. He does, however, know he will be back in Lawrence soon.

"March 2nd, I'm going back," he said of the Jayhawks' matchup with Big 12 foe Texas Tech. "I'm taking my aunt and uncle to the game."

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