Back on June 11, Newell was in Stillwater as he and his dad spent 45 minutes talking recruiting with Cowboys head coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys made sure Newell knew he was welcome.
In fact, Oklahoma State along with Baylor, TCU, Iowa State, Kansas, and Kansas State have all offered out of the Big 12. Others that have extended offers include Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Nebraska, Missouri, California, UCLA, and Tulsa.
With so many quality offers in hand we asked Newell's father when he thought a commitment might be made and he said the target is for next summer. Of course, a commitment would lock in Newell in case of injury or anything else.
That means all of those schools that have offered will be keeping a close eye on Newell's junior season this fall. Last year as a sophomore, he had 74 tackles with a whopping 26 tackles for loss and six sacks. He also caused four fumbles, blocked four extra points and a punt. On offense as a tight end, he caught 12 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns.
He was named honorable mention Class 4A All-State, the only sophomore lineman on the list by The Wichita Eagle and The Topeka Capitol-Journal. He was named first-team All-Area by the St. Joseph newspaper.
In May, Peyton was the MVP at the National Underclassman Combine in Kansas City weighing in at 265 pounds with a 4.89 in the forty, a 4.4 in the shuttle drill, an 8-10 broad jump, 30-inch vertical jump, and he bench pressed 185 pounds 28 times. Academically, he has a 3.96 GPA with a 21 on his first try on the ACT.