Hiawatha senior Peyton Newell, one of the most coveted football prospects in the state of Kansas, committed to Nebraska on Friday in a ceremony at Hiawatha High School.
Newell, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end, is the fourth-ranked player in the state of Kansas, according to Rivals.com. He had offers from more than 30 schools, but his final list of schools included KU, K-State and South Carolina. Nebraska, though, had appeared to be the likely destination for some time, and Newell made it official on Friday.
Newell became the third top-five prospect in Kansas to make his college decision. Gardner Edgerton running back Traevohn Wrench, Rivals’ No. 3 overall player in the state, and SM West defensive back Andre Maloney (No. 5) both committed to KU.
Olathe South offensive tackle Braden Smith, the No. 1 overall prospect, and Derby tight end Deandre Goolsby (No. 2) are still trimming down their lists of schools. Smith has offers from Alabama, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas and plenty of others. Goolsby, who is considering K-State, has a list of finalists that features Florida, Ohio State, Arkansas and Oklahoma.