Star PA DE also a top basketball prospect

One of the top ten football players in PA may also be one of the state's top ten basketball players. It's rare that such an athlete exists, and it's the reason why this particular player is so highly coveted.<br><br> Kyle Newell from Bethlehem Catholic is a 6'5" 230 pound DE/TE that has been torturing opponents on both the gridiron and the hardwood for years.

"He has been a starter for three years, and will be a starter for a fourth year this season," says Bethlehem Catholic football coach Chuck Sonon. "But he had an ankle injury that limited him some last year."

It certainly didn't limit him enough for coaches in either sport to notice him. In basketball, he averaged over 21 points and 12 rebounds per game, and is good enough that he is being recruited by St. Joseph's. In football, he has already received offers from Syracuse, North Carolina State, and West Virginia. But Coach Sonon says that's only the beginning.

"I think Northwestern and Penn State are about to offer. He is hearing from pretty much all the schools in the Big 10, the ACC, and the Big East," says Sonon, who added, "Pittsburgh just asked for tape on him."

Newell hasn't been timed in the 40 yet, but his basketball skills show what a great athlete he is.

. "We don't time them in the 40," says Sonon. "We wait until they go to a combine or camp."

And once he concentrates on football his 250-pound bench press and 300 squat will surely go up. But what if he plays basketball instead?

"No, I don't want to do that," says Newell. "I'm going to play football."

Newell, who Sonon calls "very quiet and humble", will attend the Nike Camp at Penn State in May. He also has a 2.9 GPA.

So what lucky schools are on Newell's initial list?

"Syracuse, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, and Penn State," says the two-sport star.

Let the battle begin for PA's best two sports star.


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