Newell Talks Top Six

Holding 34 scholarship offers, Hiawatha (KS) defensive tackle Peyton Newell took the first step toward a commitment by narrowing his list to a final six Saturday. Newell goes in-depth on his sixth finalists with Fox Sports Next.

Seemingly getting offer after offer and having his recruiting process explode with interest, Hiawatha (KS) defensive tackle Peyton Newell never seemed to get overwhelmed, rushed or deviate from his plan of taking his time to research every school that has decided to offer him.

"It's definitely been a very fun process," Newell told Fox Sports Next. "You met a lot of good people and people that have built a name for themselves. I have enjoyed it."

Originally planning on announcing a top five Saturday, the 6-3, 280-pound Newell decided to name a top six to allow him the opportunity to check out another school. Via Twitter, the four-star recruit – ranked No.20 defensive tackle in the country by Fox Sports Next – named Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, South Carolina and USC as his finalists, in no particular order.

Newell goes in-depth about what he likes about each school.

Georgia - Them being in the SEC definitely catches my eye. What they've done with their defensive linemen really catches my eye.

Kansas - It's kind of my hometown school. I grew up as a KU fan. Out of 25 members of my family, 20 have gone to KU in the past few years. It's been the team I've grown up on.

Kansas State - It's another team I have grown up on. It's a hometown game. I've been to quite a few football games there and I like the environment. I have a lot of people who I am close to personally that go there.

Nebraska - Nebraska has been there for me since the beginning. I know that they have me high on their priority list. I feel like I could do great things there and I feel like I am at home there.

South Carolina - They are definitely at the top these past few years. I have built a great relationship with Coach Magnus, who is my recruiter. He's been to the school quite a few times, and that means a lot to me. I would like to get out to South Carolina. My dad actually grew up in that area.

USC - They offered me at the end of April, but it's a big offer. They have produced a lot of NFL players, and a degree from there will be impactful.

Newell said Arkansas, Clemson, UCLA and Wisconsin were the hardest ones to eliminate from his list.

"The problem I had was I had opportunities at each school that I go to, opportunities that not everyone gets," said Newell. "When you have 34 choices with doors open at each school, it's hard to narrow down. I waited a long time to release my list, but I feel confident in the six that I have that they are the right schools."

Newell said he is going to make his final decision on August 30 at his school. Between now and then, he will visit Nebraska again, hopes to visit Georgia and USC for the first time and visit South Carolina for a second time.

He also plans to keep improving on his game, which has taken a big leap since the end of last season.

"I think the best thing is the initial contact as far as being on the ball," Newell said. "My NFTC rating was a 98.85, which was the top out of any defensive tackles in the nation. I have improved my vertical jump to 33 inches, my quickness is there and that first step is really what I have focused on. I am anxious to show that off."

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