Newell talks about official visit

One of the committed official visitors is already headed back home after being in Lincoln since Thursday. Peyton Newell reacts to the A.D. support for Bo Pelini, the uncommitted official visitors and what he is working on to get ready for Lincoln.

Peyton Newell from Hiawatha (Kans.) is on the road going back home following his official visit to Nebraska this weekend. The 6-foot-3 and 280-pound defensive tackle got to hang out a lot with the team and coaches on this trip.

"We left about 30 minutes ago or so," Newell said. "We got into Lincoln around noon on Thursday. We went to a lot of the pre-game meetings and went to dinner with the team.

"I got a couple of opportunities to talk with Coach Bo Pelini and Coach Rick Kaczenski as well to talk about the team, my future and the program."

Newell also got a chance to spend time with a lot of other fellow commitments who were visting either officially or unofficially. He admits that they are tight, but when they are visiting they are mainly working the uncommitted recruits.

"It was great to be in town with so many other commits like Tanner Farmer, Larenzo Stewart, Freedom Akinmaoladun as well as guys like D.J. Foster and Luke Gifford.

"We are a real close-knit group of guys, but when we take our visits we are talking to the other recruits to get them to join us in the class."

Two of the recruits that Newell spent a lot of time with this weekend were the two junior college players. He said that he wouldn't be surprised if both were close to committing to Nebraska in the future.

"I spoke with Terrell Clinkscales and Byerson Cockrell the two junior college visitors. I think that both loved it and Terrell could be committing soon. Byerson may not be too far behind."

While Newell was in Lincoln he saw a Nebraska loss, but did hear the news that the Athletic Director is in the head coach's corner. That was great news for Newell and the rest of the class.

"It was a very big deal for me and this class. Coach Pelini is one of the biggest reasons I chose Nebraska. The vote of confidence for Pelini also means my position coach will be retained.

"Coach Rick Kaczenski is probably the biggest reason I chose Nebraska. I really like him as a person and as a coach. I look forward to working with him through my career at Nebraska."

The season is over with for Newell and he says so is his high school athletics career. He will concentrate now on getting ready to go to Nebraska working on the physical and the mental side of the game.

"I have played basketball and did track in the past. Last year I did run track, but this year I am just going to train. I am really working on my mental toughness and coming to Nebraska in peak physical shape."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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