Pack in a dogfight for one of nation's elite

Pack Pride has the latest on DE/TE Kyle Newell of Bethlehem (Pa) Catholic High School.

Multi-purpose athlete Kyle Newell of Bethlehem (Pa) Catholic High School is a man of few words who would much rather let his play on the football field do the talking. That message has come across loud and clear as he has accrued scholarship offers from numerous big-time colleges and some lofty recruiting rankings to boot.

Newell boasts an amazing blend of size, speed and athleticism that has resulted in schools recruiting him as a WR, DE or TE. He lines up as a WR and DE in high school and last year tallied 80 tackles and five sacks on defense while hauling in 30 catches on offense.

So far, Newell has collected scholarship offers from a virtual who's who of major football programs. Included on the senior athlete's checklist of scholarships are NC State, Penn State, Florida State, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh, Iowa and West Virginia among others.

Recruiting analysts have been equally impressed as Newell has been rated a four-star prospect and the No. 11 DE in the nation by SuperPrep named him an all-american and the No. 15 DE in the nation while the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette lists Newell as the No. 6 player in the state of Pa.

Expectations for Newell have soared in 2004 but the all-american prospect has been hampered by a nagging injury that has slowed him in the early going.

"I have been out with an ankle injury but I got to play some this past week," said Newell. "They've got me playing WR and DE."

NC State had success last year at Bethlehem-Catholic when they snagged DL John Bedics. Pack CB coach Greg Williams has connections with the BC coaching staff and that played a part in the Wolfpack getting in with Bedics. State will hope for similar results with Newell later in the year but to do so will require beating some of the nation's best football teams.

"Right now I'm looking at Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Virginia, Florida and NC State," said Newell.

Newell told Pack Pride that he hasn't spoke to coach Williams since the contact period began but the Wolfpack is a school he'll be keeping a close eye on as the recruiting year unfolds.

"I like NC State," said Newell. "I like the way they play defense because they get after it. They have a good football program. John Bedics is down there but I haven't had a chance to talk to him. Right now I haven't scheduled any official visits."

Newell is also a super basketball player that averaged better than 20 PPG as a junior but hoops has not been a factor in his recruiting to this point. He projects as a full academic qualifier but is undecided on a college major.

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