"I thought today went really well, and I received a scolarship offer from Coach Bill Young and then my dad and I sat down with Coach (Mike) Gundy for 45 minutes and talked about Oklahoma State football. This was the fourth time that I've been there. I camped there last summer, and I was back for the Kansas State game last fall. That was a really good game."
Newell's statement on the OSU 52-45 victory over Kansas State is an understatement, but so are most of the descriptions of how good Newell is going into his junior season.
Last year as a sophomore, he had 74 tackles with a whopping 26 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also caused four fumbles, blocked four extra points and a punt. On offense as a tight end, he caught 12 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
He was named honorable mention Class 4A All-State, the only sophomore lineman on the list by The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capitol-Journal. He was named first-team All-Area by the St. Joseph newspaper.
In May, Peyton was the MVP at the National Underclassman Combine in Kansas City weighing in at 265 pounds with a 4.89 in the forty, a 4.4 in the shuttle drill, an 8-10 broad jump, 30-inch vertical jump, and he bench pressed 185 pounds 28 times. Academically, he has a 3.96 GPA with a 21 on his first try on the ACT.
"I want to major in Kinesiology," said Newell. "I want to use my brain, and I want to get into something in the medical field because football doesn't last forever. I want to go through the sports sciences."
Newel has offers now from Oklahoma State (Monday), Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, UCLA, and TCU.
"I'm going up to camp this weekend to Nebraska, and then next week going out to Stanford, and that will be it for the summer," said Newell.
He is being proactive so he can make a solid commitment next summer and be finished with recruiting. By this time next summer all these camps and unofficial visits will be in his rearview mirror and his senior season and the start of his college career will be on the horizon.