March 27, 2013

Newell set to narrow list soon

Peyton Newell is getting familiar with the Kansas football program early in the recruiting process. Newell has made two unofficial visits to Lawrence to be around the coaching staff.

His first trip was in February for the Jayhawks junior day where over 50 recruits attended.

"The junior day visit went well," Newell said. "I spent a lot of time in with coach Charlie Weis. I was with my dad and brother and we got to meet with him in his office. He talked to us where the program is going. After that I spent the rest of the time with Buddy Wyatt."

Wyatt is the defensive line coach who met with all of the defensive linemen in a group. Although Newell is familiar with the Kansas program he got a closer look that day.

"I think they are changing up a lot of things to fit their team," Newell said. "I learned more about their academics. I think their team is making strides to move forward."

The next visit Newell made for a Kansas basketball with his aunt and uncle.

"I grew up going to KU basketball games," he said. "I spent a lot of time with Clint Bowen on that visit. We're building a solid relationship. He's a big key and I really like him. I'm just trying to get a feel for KU."

Newell said out of 25 family members, 22 attended the University of Kansas. He hasn't decided what major yet but is looking at medicine or business. If he went medicine he could be a sixth generation doctor from his family.

The last months Newell went on a run of scholarship offers that pushed his total to 30. He's trying to keep everything in perspective with so many options.

"I was just talking with my dad about this not too long ago," Newell said. "Two years ago I attended camps at Kansas and Kansas State and we talked that night how great it would be to get offers from the in-state schools. I didn't know it would be this many. Sometimes I wish it was two or three so it would be easier."

Newell has already made visits ranging from Stanford to Notre Dame to South Carolina. He and his father, Frank, have visited 14 schools on unofficial visits.

"Me and my dad have done a lot of research," he said. "I'm forming my own opinion on all of the schools. I want to get a top five by the end of March. I know this spring will be crazy."

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