Peyton Newell (Hiawatha, Kan.) had a dozen offers entering Thursday. No. 13 might have been the one to make the 2014 defensive end smile the brightest.
Newell picked up an offer from Kansas State, a school that Newell’s been high on since he was a kid. The Manhattan, Kan., school is roughly an hour and a half away from Hiawatha, and it’s a program he called “the hometown choice.”
“K-State’s always been that team growing up I always wanted to play for,” Newell said. “My town’s about 4,000 people, and about 3,500 of them are K-State fans. It was definitely good to be able to say that I have a chance to play there now.”
A 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive end, Newell was recruited to Kansas State by co-offensive coordinator Del Miller. Newell said the offer is very intriguing, but he still plans on taking his time with the process and weighing all of his options. The Kansas State offer was Newell’s sixth from the Big 12, joining Kansas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, TCU and Iowa State.
Newell additionally has offers from UCLA, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue and Cal.
“I’d been wondering when I got the other ones from around the nation if I’d get this one,” Newell said of Kansas State. “I’m going to talk everything over with my family. I think I’m going to wait until next summer to do anything, just so I can have a relaxing senior year.”
Newell recorded 74 tackles last season, 26 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. He also had six sacks as a sophomore. Newell said he plans on visiting Texas Tech on July 9.