Garrick McGee in on Newell's recruitment. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Peyton Newell gaining interest

Strongside defensive end recruit Peyton Newell is viewed as a defensive lineman with great strength, and a player who might just be the top recruit in Kansas. More teams are starting to take note of his talent, even though he currently doesn’t have any offers.

Kansas is interested, as are Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, TCU, Tulsa, and Iowa State.

Peyton Newell went to the spring camps for the following teams: Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. Newell also visited Iowa, and he enjoyed his visits to Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas State.

Thanks to some great tape, the 2014 recruit is becoming sought after and is regarded as an elite end in the midlands by some. Most view him as a three-star recruit and aren’t enamored with him.

As far as the numbers go, Peyton Newell is 6’3″, 270 pounds and can run the forty yard dash in 4.86 seconds. He maxes out at 320 on the bench press and has a 32-inch vertical. Newell has great strength and is skilled overall, and he is solid as a pass rusher. I love the way he plays against the run, and that’s his best trait.

As a sophomore at Hiawatha High in Hiawatha, Kansas, he had 74 tackles, 26 for a loss, six sacks, four forced fumbles, three receiving touchdowns, and five blocked kicks/punts. He was the only sophomore lineman named an Honorable Mention DL, he was a unanimous Big 7 All-League selection, he made both 4A All-State teams, and he was an All-Area 1st Team Defense selection from the St. Joseph News-Press.

The accolades serve to show that this is a  defensive end- visited KU in February- with talent and is highly-regarded in his own state. He can be a quality starter at the collegiate level, and we’ll see how his recruitment heats up. He is in the 2014 class, so it’s still early. Even so, the interest is starting to pile up, and Peyton Newell could be rated as a top prospect by this time next year.


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