Nebraska netted a major commitment Friday afternoon, when consensus four-star defensive end Peyton Newell announced his intentions to join the team in Lincoln. The Hiawatha, Kan. prospect committed to the Cornhuskers, bolstering Bo Pelini's 2014 recruiting class.
Newell, a 6'2", 280-pound defensive lineman, garnered interest from throughout Big Ten country and beyond. His offer list includes Wisconsin, Penn State, Illinois, Oklahoma, Georgia and USC, according the 247Sports.
He instantly becomes a marquee member of Nebraska's 2014 class, which now features 12 players. 247Sports composite rankings list Newell as the third-best senior player in Kansas and the nation's 27th-ranked defensive tackle.
He could fill a variety of roles in Lincoln.
Newell is a powerful run-stuffer but displays enough athleticism and speed (4.89 forty-yard-dash per 247Sports profile) to line up on the outside shoulder of an offensive tackle. He's a versatile option for a defensive attack that routinely ranks among the nation's most stifling.
The Cornhuskers' front four is currently stacked with seniors, so Newell will have an opportunity to compete for playing time as a freshman. His physical stature is already up to collegiate standards, but he must make a few minor refinements to his game—particularly in his foot work—to ensure that he becomes more efficient in his block-shedding efforts.
He displays excellent knee bend and fans will love his high motor. Nebraska gains a great prospect from a state that features two BCS squads.
As a junior at Hiawatha High School, Newell dominated the line of scrimmage. He tallied 10 sacks and 37 tackles for loss during the season, according to FOX Sports Kansas City.
His decision ultimately came down to Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska and South Carolina.