Being a member of Nebraska’s “Blackshirts” holds a lot of weight for a defensive player. For 2014 defensive end Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan./Hiawatha), it could be a major factor in his recruiting process when decision time comes.
Newell made his third trip to Lincoln, Neb., and took in his second Cornhuskers game on Saturday. He watched Nebraska rally from a double-digit deficit in the second half to beat Penn State 32-23.
“I really enjoyed the game,” said Newell, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive end. “Out of anything, it’s the coaching staff and how crazy the fans are, but you’ve got to like the Blackshirts. Nebraska is all about defense.”
Newell has offers from nearly 20 schools, including Nebraska, Kansas State, TCU and UCLA. He’s been in steady contact with Cornhuskers offensive line coach John Garrison, his area recruiting contact, as well as defensive coordinator John Papuchis.
Newell said he plans to wait until the end of the summer to make a commitment announcement, but Nebraska definitely has left an impression.
“I don’t have a top five or anything. I do know lot of schools are showing lot of interest,” Newell said. “For now, I’m just going to work on trying to get stronger and faster. I’m not playing basketball this year for the first time. I’m just going to focus on lifting.”
Newell’s recruiting visits continue this week, as he will travel to South Bend, Ind., to watch Notre Dame host Wake Forest. The following weekend, he will travel to College Station, Texas, to watch Texas A&M host Missouri in a battle of the SEC’s newest programs.