All told Newell has a who's who list of schools to choose from; Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Baylor, California, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Missouri, Northwestern, Georgia, Duke, Iowa, Iowa State, Arkansas, Michigan State and TCU are just a few. In all, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Newell has 29 offers to choose from.
Not bad for a country boy from a tiny farming community of just over 3,000.
Newell was recently rated as a four-star defensive tackle by FOXSportsNEXT and ranked as the No. 281 player in the country.
For Newell, he thought he stood a good chance to get interest from programs two years ago. But, he also admits he didn't expect to see this much attention which he describes as "overwhelming".
"It definitely is, it's really overwhelming honestly," he said. "I think about two summers ago when I went to KU'S Friday Night camp and the next morning we drove to K-State and my dad and I were talking in the car and we were talking about how K-State would be the school we would go to, but we never thought it would be this much (attention). It's overwhelming."
Newell has seen several campuses throughout his recruitment. He visited South Carolina a few months ago and recently attended a Kansas junior day. He hopes to visit either Georgia or Alabama, who has shown strong interest of late, in the coming weeks.
"I went to KU's junior day and that's it," he said. "We started the process so early so we've been almost everywhere and I think the next place we're going to go visit it Georgia or Alabama in the next few weeks. I'm not really sure yet."
One program that Newell has yet to visit is TCU. The Horned Frogs were the first program to offer the talented Newell, but he says the interest from them has decreased recently. He expects that to change however.
"Honestly, I really haven't talked to them and I don't know if I've got much mail from them," Newell said. "I'm sure in the coming weeks it will pick up. They were the first school to offer and one of the first schools to come visit me. I know that they have interest and I'm guessing they'll come up in late April to see me."
Does the family have plans to visit TCU soon?
"As of right now we don't, I think we may try in the later weeks," Newell said of a visit to TCU. "I'm not sure yet."
With 29 offers to choose from, Newell hopes to start narrowing his list down by spring break. He says the list could be narrowed down to five.
"I think in the next few weeks I'm going to sit down with my family and discuss it," he said. "I'm probably going to release a top five during spring break, which is in two weeks."
Does he have an idea of what schools may make the list of five?
"Honestly, no," Newell said laughing.
In the meantime Newell is participating for his school's track team. He competes in the long jump, 4x100 relay, 100-meter, discus and shot put.
"It's fun showing off as a 270-pound guy running the 100," Newell said.