Newborg Networking

Jake Newborg decided in the fall that Iowa was the school for him. Now, the in-state lineman is encouraging other prospects to become Hawkeyes. He took advantage of Saturday's junior day at the Big Ten university to spread the word.

Jake Newborg's position at Iowa still is to be determined. The Inwood (Iowa) West Lyon lineman is thinking snapping the ball might be in his future.

Newborg met fellow Class of 2015 Iowa verbal commitment Jack Beneventi, a quarterback, face to face this weekend. They attended the school's junior day on Saturday.

"He is a great guy and really easy to get along with," Newborg said of Beneventi. "That might be a center-QB duo in the making."

The two juniors had been texting each other for a while. Now, they're teaming up to lure more players into their class to Iowa.

"I tell the other recruits how great everything is and that we can make a lot of noise in a few years," the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Newborg said.

Saturday's junior event at Iowa provided Beneventi and Newborg a unique opportunity to network with other prospects considering Iowa.

"It was great to meet the players that showed up and get their reactions to the program and facility," Newborg said.

Beneventi might have to look to someone other than Newborg as his future center, however. Newborg sat in on the defensive line meeting at junior day.

"My (college) position is still up in the air," he said.

Newborg learned about Iowa's defensive line stunts during that part of the program. He received a feel for what his life as a Hawkeye will be when current players spoke to the group about their experiences.

Newborg is participating in football workouts and lifting weights this winter. He's hoping to break his school's power clean and bench press records and drop his 40-yard dash time under 5.0 seconds. He's also sending a message to other Iowa prospects.

"There is no better place on a Saturday afternoon than Kinnick Stadium," he said.

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