When Jake Newborg steps onto the field to start his junior season at Inwood (Iowa) West Lyon, he'll be the focus of the fans and the competition. That happens when you hold an offer from the Hawkeyes.
Newborg visited Iowa on Sunday. He left town with an opportunity delivered to him by head coach Kirk Ferentz.
"It will just make me more hungry on and off the field to compete at the next level," Newborg said of the possible pressure that comes with the Hawkeye offer.
We introduced you to Newborg earlier this summer. You can read more background on him here.
After seeing Newborg in June camp, the Iowa coaches evaluated and discussed him. They decided that he would be a good fit for their program.
"They said I am the kind of player they want for the Hawkeyes," the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder said. "My willingness to put work in and my toughness were things that they liked about me."
Newborg was not expecting what came to him on Sunday.
"It was very surprising to me considering Iowa doesn't offer juniors that often," he said. "It means a lot. It's so nice to be rewarded for all my hard work."
Iowa is undecided what position Newborg would play at the next level. The staff is considering offensive and defensive line.
Newborg admitted to contemplating an Iowa commitment on Sunday.
"I did because they have a great program and I love their facility and coaches," he said. "But I'm going to talk it over with my coaches and family first, and enjoy it."
Newborg also camped with Iowa State earlier this summer but said he has not heard from the Cyclones since then. He's received mail from Northwestern, Vanderbilt, South Florida and Northern Iowa but has not spoken with any representatives from those schools.
Newborg is focusing on his goal of being an all-state lineman this year. He puts it behind his dreams for the West Lyon team
"I want a state championship and an undefeated season," he said.