- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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Nebraska received good news on Friday when defensive tackle Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan./Hiawatha) announced for the Cornhuskers. At a news conference, Newell chose Nebraska over Kansas, Kansas State and South Carolina.
The three-star prospect became commitment No. 12 for coach Bo Pelini, and the school's second defensive line commit for 2014.
Nebraska recently dropped in the class rankings down to No. 36 overall, but this commitment could help them reverse the slide.
Newell is versatile enough that he will be able to help at a few positions along the defensive line. A likely player on the interior at 6-foot-2 and 272 pounds, his strengths are his power and ability to be disruptive inside.
Nebraska has landed 12 defensive line commits from 2012 to 2014, so there isn’t a huge need at the position. This commitment gives Nebraska some good depth on the interior and allows the coaching staff to focus on landing a defensive end in 2014.
The Cornhuskers now have three commitments ranked as four-star prospects and nine that are three-star prospects.
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