Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan.) thought he was in trouble Friday afternoon. Turns out, it was exactly the opposite.
After getting called in his coach’s office – with his parents in attendance – the 2014 defensive end left with his very first offer.
Newell spoke with his TCU recruiting contact, tight ends coach Dan Sharp, as well as head coach Gary Patterson, Newell left the coach’s office with an offer from the Horned Frogs. Newell is emerging into of the top defensive ends of the 2014 class.
“It was very overwhelming,” Newell said of the offer. “With all the hard work – and I’m just beginning – to get the first offer, it’s such a relief overall.
“I talked to Coach Sharp, and we had a normal conversation. They said how impressed they were with me when I came to the school a few weeks ago. Then, I talked to Coach Patterson, and he talked about what’s going on there. He said I’m one of the players they really wanted.”
At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, Newell brings good speed and versatility to Hiawatha. He ran a 4.79-second 40-yard dash at the Kansas State camp, and he has a 32-inch vertical. Newell’s natural position is defensive end, but he also can see time at tight end and fullback.
A varsity player since his freshman season, Newell recorded 74 tackles and six sacks during the 2011 season. He also caught 12 passes – three for touchdowns – as a tight end. Newell had 44 tackles and five sacks as a freshman.
Newell, in addition to the offer, has looks from Stanford, Notre Dame, Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and several other schools. He made unofficial visits to Iowa and Iowa State last week, and he’s already made visits to Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kansas State.