Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan.) is on a mission. With every accolade, the 2014 defensive end wants to prove to college scouts that he’s worth a scholarship offer.
Newell’s productivity over the weekend will make him even more of an attractive recruit. He was named the MVP of the National Underclassmen Combine on Saturday at North Kansas City (Mo.) High School. Roughly 200 juniors and sophomores were in attendance competing.
At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, Newell ran the 40-yard dash in 4.89 seconds, finished the 20-yard shuttle in 4.4 second and recorded a vertical jump of 30 inches. He also bench-pressed 185 pounds 28 times.
“Getting MVP felt really good, because there was a lot of talent there,” said Newell, who recently picked up his first offer from TCU at the end of April. “I’m really proud of myself. I’ve been working really hard and was glad to get [MVP].”
Newell’s hoping his combine experience will parlay into additional offers. He has recently been in touch with Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Stanford, in addition to TCU. He had the chance at the combine to speak with a future Missouri Tiger, as 2013 commit and three-star offensive tackle Clay Rhodes was in attendance.
“He was there to scout me out,” Newell said. “I had that in the back of my mind.”
Newell’s 2011 season included 74 tackles and six sacks. Of those 74 tackles, 26 were tackles for loss. As a freshman, he had 44 tackles and five sacks.