Over the weekend Newell participated in the National Underclassmen Combine in Kansas City and like he's done in the past, he stole the show. Newell, who measured at 6-foot-3, 265-pounds, put up very impressive numbers during the event running a 4.89 forty, 4.4 shuttle, jumped 8-feet, 10 inches on the broad jump, 30-inch vertical and benched 185-pounds 28 times. For his efforts, Newell walked away with the defensive lineman MVP award.
Newell said he was surprised by a few of his numbers considering how much weight he's added within the last year. But it's a combine he's been preparing hard for nearly the last three months.
"It was definitely the camp I've been working for the last ten weeks," he said. "I was kind of nervous because I've gained 25-pounds since last year but my numbers were right at what they were when I was weighing 240, if not better. I was definitely excited to see the numbers I posted. It was great to get back into the swing of things as far as football goes."
While his 28 reps on the bench were impressive, it's not his record according to Newell, who says 34 reps is the highest he's ever completed at 185-pounds. Although his performance on the bench didn't surprise him, his time in the forty certainly did; especially with the extra weight he's added.
"I was expecting a 5.1 with all of this weight I've gained," Newell said. "They actually had to get another timer so they had two guys timing me. I looked back after I ran through the line and looked at them and they were both like holy crap. That was definitely a good feeling."
After an impressive combine performance and MVP honors, the good news kept coming Monday evening when Newell received the second offer to his list; Iowa. He added his first offer nearly two weeks ago when TCU offered.
Newell discussed how the offer took place and what the Hawkeye coaches had to say.
"My head recruiter (from Iowa) called my head coach and my head coach called me and asked me to come over and I talked to him for a few minutes and he put me on the phone and they offered me," he said. "They just said that they've been talking amongst each other and I'm exactly what they want for a football player at Iowa. They said I have the exact character that they want."