High School Sports

Hiawatha, Kan., football prospect Peyton Newell commits to Nebraska

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.