Newell is regarded as one of the top prospects for the 2014 class and is already considered one of the Sunflower state's best prospects regardless of classification.
At 6-foot-3, 285-pounds, Newell recorded 74 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and 4 forced fumbles from his defensive end position in 2011.
Newell'S Friday was just like any other day before he was called to his coach's office in the afternoon. Inside the office sat his parents and head coach and they informed the talented defender that he needed to make a call; to TCU. Newell made the call and spoke with tight ends coach Dan Sharp first, then he spoke with head coach Gary Patterson which was unexpected yet a very pleasant surprise because it affirmed everything he'd hoped for; he had an official offer from TCU.
It's a call he will never forget because the Frogs were the first program to officially offer.
"Actually I was in my coach's office with my parents and they said a coach wanted to talk to me and wanted all of them there. So, we called Coach Sharp and I talked to him a few minutes just about normal football stuff and just how interested they are and how impressed they were with me so far," he said. "He then told me that Coach Patterson wanted to talk to me and he got on the phone and talked for a few minutes and said he was real interested and definitely liked what he saw. He said the players he wants at his program are just like me. I definitely thought that was a compliment from him.
"After I finished talking to him, Coach Sharp got back on the phone and told me I just got a full scholarship offer from TCU. Once he said that it was just an overwhelming feeling because of all the hard work I did to get to it. It pays off to get it."
Newell was told he's exactly the type of student-athlete the Frogs' are looking to recruit.
"They just said everything they want in a recruit at TCU is what I have as far as grades, how I am in the community and what I am on the football field," he said. "They really want me to play there."
Newell said the feeling of receiving his first offer gave him an exciting and overwhelming feeling. One feeling he won't forget is he knows the Frogs are the first program to give him an offer. While he didn't name them as the favorite, the interest he has in the program has increased even more than before.
"It meant a lot to me, it definitely increased the way I feel about them. I was really interested in them even before the offer and once they offered me, I'm really considering them," he said. "It's a really good school, the academics there are great and that's something I want to consider when I decide where to play college football."
Newell says he and his father will make a trip down to TCU sometime this summer. It will be his first time on TCU's campus.