With his junior season in the books, Newell receives daily loads of letters and plenty of phone calls from prospective schools. He credits his productive offseason for the early success.
"It's almost more important than the season itself," Newell said of his offseason conditioning. "I know how important it is, which is why I'm working so hard again. I enjoy the offseason. You can get away from things, hide, and get better, then explode in the fall."
The strong offseason led Newell to a standout junior season. he broke three school records at Hiawatha (Kan.) High School and was named all-state. As a result, plenty of recruiting interest followed.
A college decision for Newell will likely come in the summer, but he has yet to name favorites. However, he knows what to find in the right school.
"I definitely want a school that can have me reach my full potential," he said. "That's the most important thing."
While Newell made many college visits during the offseason, he still has a short list of schools he hopes to visit, including Northwestern.
The Wildcats extended a scholarship offer during the fall, and have made him a priority on their recruiting board. The interest is certainly mutual.
"I'm definitely very interested in them," Newell said of Northwestern. "Their academics stick out to me."