The staff of FanSided150 gives their opinions about 2014 defensive tackle/tight end Peyton Newell’s top six list. Along with their thoughts, they also give their early prediction for where Newell could commit to this season.
Newell’s top six consists of the South Carolina Gamecocks, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Georgia Bulldogs, Kansas Jayhawks, Kansas State Wildcats, and USC Trojans.
Joe: I will be surprised if Peyton Newell doesn’t end up going to Nebraska, because it seems like he’s been leaning that way and is being courted hard by the Huskers. Newell is the type of guy everyone would love to have on their team, because he has very high character and is one of the strongest players in the class. He never gives up on plays and showed up big last season with 37 tackles for loss and ten sacks. South Carolina is also right in the thick of things, and I feel like Newell will ultimately be playing out of the state. However, Kansas fans should be elated to see Newell putting the Jayhawks in the top six, and they do have at least a fighting chance. It was interesting to see Oklahoma cut off the list, but USC and Georgia are huge programs. To me, USC is the team that has the best chance of quickly swooping in after their recent offer, but I still view Newell as a Huskers-lean.
Ricky: The biggest surprise in Newell’s top six has to be the USC Trojans. The Trojans were one of the last teams to offer at him before his top six announcement and they ended up beating Oklahoma and N.C. State for the chance to make the list. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were a major player before Newell’s announcement date of August 30th (according to ESPN.com’s DAWG Nation). Yes, Nebraska and South Carolina might be the front runners, but I wouldn’t count out Kansas or Kansas State. The Wildcats, to me, have the best chance at Newell, however, don’t count out the Jayhawks. The Jayhawks could be a shocker during Newell’s recruitment and are the only team on this list that needs his commitment.
Tim: Most feel that that this is a two horse race between Nebraska and South Carolina, but I’m generally skeptical to lean that way after a player names a top six. To me, that says he is still pretty wide open and being that he kept in-state Kansas and Kansas State on his list means he at least likes the idea of playing near home. At this point, he has only taken visits to Nebraska and South Carolina, but he’ll hit the road this summer. This one is far from over.
The FanSided150 staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer along with analyst Joe Soriano and editorial director Tim Tolley.
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