"It was good, a lot better than I even imagined," said Peyton Newell, a junior in high school who will be a member of the Class of 2014. "Since Oklahoma State is one of my top schools we brought my grandparents because I wanted them to see it.
"It was very interesting and I could tell that I meant a lot to Oklahoma State and their 2014 class. Johnny Barr (recruiting coordinator) took us around and showed us all the class stuff. He took us to the academic center and we met the academic team mom (Marilyn Middlebrook), and she told us about everything."
Newell said he is looking to major in business. He said the facilities had the same effect on his grandparents as they have in previous visits with his family.
"You know how it is, every room we walked into I would look at them and their jaw would drop," Newell explained. "You know everytime I am there and every room I go into, I will see something new. I'm sure it will be that way if I go to school there.
"The game went really good as on the front row were two players there making an official visit and their families and then a couple of players there that had committed to OSU for this class and then me and my family," continued Newell. "I really watched the coaches and the players on the sideline and on the field."
Newell said he is back home for Homecoming this week as Hiawatha plays Santa Fe Trails. On Saturday, he said he will be at Kansas State for the Wildcats game with Kansas. He added that he will also be at Missouri for the Alabama game, then go to Nebraska, and finish his unofficial trips for the fall at Notre Dame on Nov. 17.
"Those aren't all necessarily my top schools," said Newell. "That is just the way it played out."