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Kyle Newell is attracting Division I interest in two sports. Kyle played wide receiver and defensive end for traditional power Bethlehem Catholic and also starred in basketball, where he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. The football interest in Kyle is on the defensive side of the ball, where he made 80 tackles and recorded 5 sacks as a junior. Lion News recently talked to the two-sport prospect to see what his thoughts were on the recruiting scene.
Kyle is being recruited at both defensive end and linebacker and has no preference as to position. He told us he had 14 scholarship offers including Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Syracuse, Nebraska and Virginia.
How about the reports that Penn State and Pitt have offered?
"No, they haven't", Kyle told us. Do you think you'll visit either of the in-state schools? "Right now, I'm not sure where I'm going."
Kyle is taking a rather laidback approach to recruiting and has not yet made any visits or gone to any camps. He will probably wait until school is out before visiting any schools.
Penn State has shown interest in Newell and Mike McQuery visited him at his school about three weeks ago. Did Penn State say anything about offering?
"They didn't say anything about that. They said they would like me to come down and visit."
What did he think of Coach McQuery?
"He's a nice guy. He was telling me a lot about the school and how I would fit into the school."
Where does Penn State see him playing?
"I think D-end."
And what does he think of Penn State?
"It's a nice school, good tradition. I haven't been there to see the campus, though."
Kyle denied having any current or childhood favorites. He listed Virginia and Tennessee as the teams probably recruiting him the hardest.
What is Kyle looking for in a school?
"A school that's good academically and fits my major," said Kyle who has not yet chosen a major. "A school I feel comfortable with."
Newell indicated that location is not really important to him.
As mentioned earlier Kyle is an excellent basketball player and was named high school player of the year after his junior season by the Easton Express-Times. Any chance he'll play basketball in college?
"I'm not sure yet, but I'm leaning more towards football." Does he have any basketball offers? "St. Joe's, they did offer me."