Newell has an offer list that some of the top players from the 2013 class would covet. On the table for the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder are offers from TCU, Baylor, California, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tulsa and UCLA. Michigan State, Boise State and Notre Dame are showing strong interest.
"We went everywhere, the last summer we went to camp after camp and this year we settled down and went mostly on campus visits," he said. "We went to Stanford, Missouri, Texas Tech, KU, K-State, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Iowa and Iowa State. We somewhat stayed close."
After a busy summer Newell is now focusing his time on his junior season. He has high expectations for himself as he's considered one of the top players in the Sunflower State after earning all-state honors as a junior when he recorded 74 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and 4 forced fumbles. Newell and his teammates open the 2012 this Friday on the road at Perry-Lecompton. For now, he's a hybrid between linebacker and end.
"As of right now I'm at the nine which is out on the edge, kind of outside linebacker," he said. "I really haven't practiced moving in because our line is actually the strong part of our team. So, I'll probably just stay at nine and play some tight end also."
Newell will attend his first college game of the 2012 season when he and his family travel to Lawrence to watch the Jayhawks take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the Big 12 opener for both schools. It will be the first ever college football game for Newell's grandmother.
"Yes, we're actually taking my grandma to that game; that will be her first college football game and I'm pretty excited for that," he said. "She's a KU fan though."
Going to football games might be something Newell's grandmother will want to get used to considering her grandson is one of the nation's top high school prospects.
"We've talked about it before and you know how they want you to stay close just so they can see you and stuff," Newell said. "It's more of a comfort thing."
"This year I'm not really sure, besides Notre Dame we may just stay close to the state around Kansas this year," he said. "I think we're going to try and get down there next summer before I commit. We somewhat drove through Ft. Worth but it was 11 o'clock at night so you couldn't really see anything."
With hopes to make a commitment roughly a year from now, Newell says he's keeping his options open and is looking for a place he can play early and reach his full potential.
"They're still pretty even, I definitely want to keep my options open and see what each school has to offer," he said of potential favorites. "I'm looking at where I can play the quickest and get my best capabilities wherever I end up."
TCU was the first program to offer Newell way back in April. Newell told HornedFrogBlitz.com several months ago that when TCU became the first school to offer that it would carry some weight. That still rings true today.
"It definitely does, they've been there from the beginning so that definitely plays a key role in my decision," Newell said of TCU being the first offer. "A lot of schools say you were offered by so and so schools and they offer you so some schools don't put much thought into it. I know TCU offered me because they knew everything about me."
Newell was selected to both the Topeka Capital Journal and Wichita Eagle 4A All-State Teams. He was also elected Honorable Mention defensive line by both and the only sophomore lineman, St Joseph News-Press All-Area 1st Team Defense and Big 7 All-League defensive line (Unanimous).