Jake Newborg was raised on fertile football land in Northwest Iowa. The Inwood West Lyon standout has followed in the footsteps of NFL alums Kyle Vanden Bosch and LeVar Woods at a school regularly in the state playoffs.
It's a family in Inwood. The big names return for football camps. Woods' football academy in Okaboji each summer draws big crowds.
Newborg could be the "next one" at West Lyon. Iowa and Iowa State are showing increased interest after he camped at their schools this summer. Other schools are poking around.
"I am on their radar and that's the best I can ask for at this point," the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder lineman said.
Newborg is only halfway through his high school career. The junior-to-be plays right guard and defensive tackle for West Lyon. He believes he'll be an interior offensive lineman at the next level but that could change.
"(Colleges) haven't told me what side of the ball they want me," Newborg said. "I don't know which one I want to play in college, either."
The Iowa Newspaper Association named Newborg to its third-team Class A all-state squad as a defensive lineman. Early in the spring, Iowa came calling on him.
"I got a hand written letter from coach Reese Morgan," Newborg said. "I was surprised but yet at the same time I put my work in to earn that letter so I feel like all of that payed off. It will keep paying off as a go through my high school career."
Newborg said that his strength and quickness off of the ball are his best assets. He's looking for consistency to hopefully earn college scholarship offers.
"I have to show them my game, and that is finishing all of my blocks, and keep my motor running at 100 percent until the whistle stops," Newborg said. "Then, do it every play."
Iowa has told him that they like his toughness, Newborg said. He reported finishing in the Top 5 of offensive and defensive linemen at the Cyclones camp.