Another Hoss Commits To Idaho

This evening Chris Fetters of <i></i> is reporting that offensive line prospect <b>Kurt Newboles</b>, a tall and lean 6-7, 270 pound 3-sport athlete out of Chehalis (WA) W.F. West High School, has given a verbal commitment to Nick Holt and the Idaho Vandals. Kurt, recruited early by Stanford and late by Washington and Eastern Washington, is the 20th known athlete to give a verbal commitment to Idaho, with just hours to go before LOI day.

You won't see the name Kurt Newboles on a lot of post-season All-State and All-Conference rosters this year, despite being listed among the top 150 senior prospects in the state of Washington for 2005 by several scouting services. Fact is, unless a school was recruiting him during his junior or sophomore year, it's likely few programs really knew much about the 6-7 giant. The reason why is because Kurt missed essentially ALL of the 2004 season with a miniscus tear (knee) suffered in the third game of the year. Listed by some as one of the 3 top players on the team, the impact of his injury significantly impacted Chehalis' chance at a winning record.

But several PAC-10 teams had been following Kurt's career closely (starting with his sophomore year), with both Stanford and Washington showing the most interest throughout. However, with the injury and the lack of senior film, Stanford backed off. Washington kept in conversation with Newboles right up until the end, offering an opportunity for him to go to Washington as an invited walk-on.

But with Idaho's continued interest, and with an offer extended during his visit to the Moscow campus on 1/21, Kurt accepted Idaho Coach Nick Holt's scholarship offer and cancelled his visit to Eastern Washington the following weekend.

"They ended up offering me a full scholarship over there and I decided to take that and not take my visit to Eastern Washington this weekend," Newboles told "I like the whole thing they've got going on over there with the academics. They've got a good engineering departmant, and that's something I was looking for. And I really like the way their football team is headed with their coaching staff and all the guys they've got playing over there."

The last big-time lineman from the Chehalis-Centralia area was Centralia's Calvin Armstrong - a big guy in his own right. Armstrong ended up at Washington State, where he exceeded expectations by earning All-American accolades on the Cougar offensive line.

"Some of the guys on my team call me 'Calvin' every once in a while," Newboles told Wednesday night. "I think it's a pretty good compliment because he's a good player."

Kurt was a 3-year starter for the Bearcats, a unique feat despite the team's serious struggles throughout his career (another reason accolades were few and far between for Kurt). He runs the 40 in 5.3, claims a 25-inch vertical leap, 260-pound bench and 350-pound squat. His 4.97 shuttle time at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp was the second best time recorded by a lineman standing 6-7 or taller.

"The comparisons are pretty fair," Coach Ryan said when talking about Newboles and Armstrong in the same sentence. "I think they both had the same reputation coming out of high school. Ferociousness is the word people use. Kurt has been told all his life, since he's always been 3 to 4 inches taller than anybody else, to take it easy. But he's not a soft kid. But because he had a meniscus tear, he was done.

"But everybody that's been interested has come to watch him play basketball and his knee is one-hundred percent. He has great lateral movement, he's real quick. He's got great feet. He's got big shoulders and a big neck. When the coaches come through, they all expect to see a guy with a gut, but he's well put-together. His growth plates are still open."

So it's conceivable Newboles could end up at 6-9 or 6-10 or even bigger than that. The visuals are daunting. "I think he's going to be a find," added Ryan.

Kurt joins high school senior Billy Bates (6-5, 265) and JC transfer Matt O'Donnell (6-4, 288, will report as a sophomore) to give verbal commitments to Idaho on the offensive far.

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