Four-Star Names Top Four

Peyton Newell can finally see the end. With a plan to announce his college choice on August 30th, the four-star defensive tackle cut his list to four. Go Inside as Newell talks about his top four…

Hiawatha (KS) defensive tackle Peyton Newell took another step in his recruitment Saturday as the four-star prospect trimmed his list to four.

"My top 4 schools are South Carolina, Nebraska, Kansas, and Kansas State," he said via Twitter. Newell held 34 Division 1 offers prior to cutting his list to 6 programs on June 1. With his announcement today, Georgia and USC were eliminated from consideration.

Newell broke down the field moments before his announcement with FOX Sports NEXT.

South Carolina

"We've been down there a few times, and I've really enjoyed it," Newell said of his visits to Columbia. "Even though it's way out there, when I went on my visit, It felt like home. I really enjoy the weather, and I've built a great relationship with the coaches."

Since visiting South Carolina for Junior Day early in 2013, the Gamecocks have been a player in Newell's recruitment. He's maintained throughout the process that playing in the Southeast Conference is a factor.

"They've been toward the top of the list since the beginning," he said of South Carolina. "Coach Mingos is my recruiter. He's a great guy, and I enjoy talking to him. Being so far away in SEC country, they are still in contact with me three times a week."


"We went to Nebraska for Big Red Weekend, and it went really well," Newell said of his recent visit to Lincoln. He paused and laughed for a moment. "I think the fans are actually crazy about me up there. I've had fans comp up to me at camps and say ‘come be a Husker.' They've shown me a lot of support, and the coaching staff up there is one of a kind."

The four-star prospect has connected with defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski. Newell speaks with the Nebraska assistant weekly about the role he will play for the Big Red.

"He's already laid out what he wants me to do at my position," he said. "My abilities are absolutely perfect for it. I feel like I can really reach my potential there, and they can get me ready for the next level."


"I've built a great relationship with Coach Bowen and Coach Wyatt," Newell said of the Jayhawks. "Charlie Weis told me they want me to be the guy to get everything started for the program. When it's the team you grew up on, that definitely puts some pressure on me."

Newell's family is loaded with KU alums, and he's seen more than a dozen men's basketball games at historic Allen Field House. He camped in Lawrence as a freshman, hoping to one day earn an offer from the Jayhawks.

"KU has been there from the beginning.I have the chance to play early on and make a name for myself. I could be responsible for turning around the program."

Kansas State

"They are kind of the hometown team," Newell said of the Wildcats. "I really respect Coach Snyder and everything he's done there. They've got a really good staff, and I like the family feel and the tradition at that school."

Newell he will likely play the defensive end spot at KSU. Playing for a legend like Bill Snyder is a big draw for him, as is the support of the Wildcat faithful.

"I really like the facilities at Kansas State, and the love the fan base shows me. I've become really close with Del Miller through the recruiting process," he said of the Wildcats assistant.

Newell plans to make his decision this summer, with a formal announcement planned for August 30th at Hiawatha High School.

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