Sunday, June 30, 2013

Hiawatha prep Peyton Newell still lists KU


Kansas University’s football program on Saturday survived the second cut from highly recruited Hiawatha High standout Peyton Newell.

Newell, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle ranked by as the fourth-best prospect in Kansas in the Class of 2014, trimmed his top six schools to four via Twitter.

Making the cut were KU, Kansas State, Nebraska and South Carolina. Falling out of the running were Georgia and USC.

Newell’s new list is the second trimmed-down version of his original 34-school list. Of those 34 — dozens more showed interest early on — more than 30 were BCS programs, with nearly the entire Big 12 and Big Ten offering Newell scholarships.

Newell said the prospects of early playing time and quality relationships with the coaches played a key role in his recruitment to this point, and both were a big reason KU made the cut. Another thing that helped KU was the fact that Newell comes from a KU family. Both of his parents went to KU along with nearly 20 other relatives.

Newell plans to announce his pick on Aug. 30.


Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 5 months ago

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

Jeff Coffman 9 years, 5 months ago

For Wiggins we say go to the best basketball program in the country. For Newell we say listen to your family. Of course in this situation we should see an immediate impact to our program.

CrystalJones 9 years, 5 months ago

Don't worry, he's ours. He has no real choice when it comes down to it. Immediate playing time, but more importantly family pressure to come to KU, which automatically puts K-State entirely out of the running.

Slam dunk. Welcome to Lawrence, kid.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 5 months ago

I am not so sure. K-State has done much better than us or the last decade or so at getting players into the NFL. If he dreams of a pro future his chances are historically better at K-State. They always over-perform and we somehow find ways to under-perform. The last two years with Reesing was so frustrating. His family being Hawks could actually work against us. They know the highs and lows of the program painfully well.

Andy Tweedy 9 years, 5 months ago

Ben McLemore's mom wanted her boy to go to Misery. Sometimes, it just doesn't work out that way. Still, I hope you're right.

Topher Peters 9 years, 4 months ago

Being a KU fan doesn't always matter. For example, Aaron Crow. Grew up a big KU fan in Topeka, then went to Mizzou.

Stephen Johnson 9 years, 5 months ago

We just placed an offensive lineman in the NFL and is there a better O-line coach or one that understands what it takes to play in the NFL than Grunhard? I doubt it.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 5 months ago

You are right about that. Starting all four years with the potential he had. Glad to see he made it. Right about Grunhard, too. Hope his family and friends realize that and that KU football is down but not out. Lots of reasons for optimism. It is tougher now that a decade ago when a decent KU team could count on wins with Baylor and Iowa State and frequently against Colorado. Now there are no gimmes. As much as we have to do to come back we all have to be in this for the long haul.

Terry N Tom Denner 9 years, 5 months ago

Go with your heart Peyton. Being a diehard Jay Hawk fan I myself hope you will end up at KU.

kevinatc 9 years, 5 months ago

I've seen this kid play for the last 3 years. He can't play D1 football needs to go D2. Looks like Tarzan plays like Jane.

Robert Brown 9 years, 5 months ago

On paper, these are the types of guys we need. It is good to see that our recruits are being sought by other BCS schools.

Of course, recruiting for college is definitely more an art than a science. K-State usually is one of the worst teams in the conference based on recruiting rankings, but finish higher in the standings.

Reuben_J_Cogburn 9 years, 5 months ago

...pretty sure the kid kept KU on the list to please his family.

Why in god's name would he ever come to KU before those other legitimate programs?

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 4 months ago

Peyton, if you go with KU you are going to get in on a real good thing. This Oline is going to push some people around. Our running game is going to be unstoppable. You will be able to trust the guy on your right and the guy on your left and not be double-teamed on every play because we are putting together a huge and powerful Oline. KU will go from 1-11 to 11-1 within two years.

Topher Peters 9 years, 4 months ago

I was loving that post until the last sentence. Whoa! Wanna put any $ on that? Don't be blinded by your own ambition. I can't decide whether that last sentence is ignorant or dumb, or both. Come back to reality!

Topher Peters 9 years, 4 months ago

No recruiting news since June 30? Hope that's not true.

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