Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kansas Defensive End Newell Garners Major Interest

Kansas Defensive End Newell Garners Major Interest

Photo by: National Underclassmen Football Combine

Kansas Defensive End Newell Garners Major Interest

Courtesy: National Underclassmen Football Combine Staff
          Release: April 18, 2012
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Peyton Newell, a strong side defensive end from Hiawatha High in Hiawatha, Kansas has shown a tremendous amount in just a short period of time.
"As far as the combine aspect goes, he's a phenomenal tester for a kid his age and size," said Tony Centrella, V.P of NUC. "Newell's testing numbers equate very well to the field, as he's extremely explosive from the defensive end position.
"If he continues to train and stay focused in the classroom and on the field, he's a potential 15-plus offer athlete that should receive invites to every All-American game."
At 6-3, 270, Newell is a handful for an athlete in the Class of 2014. As a sophomore, he posted 74 tackles - 25 for loss - to go with six sacks.
Newell has registered a 4.86 40, 4.49 shuttle and a 32-inch vertical at combine events.
He's impressed at numerous NUC events, going all the way to the Top Prospect camp at Oklahoma last year.
So far, he already has drawn interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Notre Dame, and Stanford, to name a few of the 12 total schools recruiting him.
"The recruiting process started when I was in the 8th grade, the All-American game in January of 2010," said Newell. "That's when everything took off, and it's been up hill from here."
Newell went into his sophomore season hoping to gain strength and improve as a player, and the hard work paid dividends.
"My biggest gains are in the off season of course," said Newell. "I have a bench press at home and a local college, a junior college so I workout at the fitness center there.
"Being from Kansas, I was raised on the football field by my dad. I myself started in 7th grade, because we don't have pee wee football here.
Newell is a prodigy of sorts, starting both ways on varsity as a freshman. He's enjoying the recruiting process thus far, soaking it all at such a young age.
"I went to the Missouri-OU game, words can't describe the atmosphere at that stadium," said Newell. Oklahoma's facilities were excellent. So were KU and K State's facilities. And I really like the family atmosphere at k state."
Newell feels he is also a force at tight end, though he is being most heavily recruiting as a defensive end. He posted three TDs as a sophomore on the offensive side.
"My strength and my step off the line, I can outrun the OTs," said Newell of his strengths on offense. "My hands of course and running the routes crisp. Size of course, going against the smaller DBs."
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