USC Offer Gives Newell 33
For Sunflower State prospect Peyton Newell, it just keeps getting better. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle has talked openly about how he and his father always hoped he would have a choice of Division I football scholarships. Peyton saw choice as having more than one option. Last week, the four-star prospect landed his thirty-third scholarship offer. And number 33 was from one of the elite programs in all of college football. "I was glad to get that offer from USC," he exclaimed loudly. "It was a big one." The Trojans made the trip all the way to Hiawatha, Kansas, a rural community of 3,181 people located about 90 miles from Kansas City. USC assistant Mike Ekeler met with Head Coach Chris Diller to talk about Newell, one of the most highly-recruited prospects in the class of 2014. "Coach Ekeler came to school," Newell said. "I wasn't able to talk to him. He told my coach, and then my coach told me." The Red Hawks defensive tackle was an All-State selection in 2012, claiming Defensive Player of the Year honors after logging 61 tackles, with 37 tackles for loss, 5 forced fumbles, and 10 Sacks. Last summer, he was named a the Top Overall Defensive Lineman and a Top-10, All-Position Underclassman at the Nike Football Training Camp in Champaign, Illinois. "They said they loved my aggressiveness and motor more than anything," he said of the USC staff. "I'm very interested in USC. I know that they have produced a lot of NFL players, that and a degree from there will carry very well." Despite the considerable distance from Hiawatha to Los Angeles, Newell insists it wouldn't deter him from playing for the Trojans. "The idea of going to school in Los Angeles is very appealing," he said. "It would be nice. It wouldn't be a hard adjustment from Hiawatha." Over the next several weeks, Newell and his family will go about the process of whittling his list of 33 offers down to a more manageable number. The number of schools vying for his services has been something of a shock to the standout defender, but he has clearly enjoyed the recruiting process so far. "Honestly, I'm doing everything I can do to narrow it down and make a choice," he said with a smile. "I'm planning to announce a top-5 at the beginning of the summer."
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