Kurt Newboles is a 6-foot-8, 285-pound lineman from Chehalis (Wash.) W.F. West, and Newboles is most…
The Next Calvin Armstrong?
"Some of the guys on my team call me 'Calvin' every once in a while," Newboles told TheInsiders.com Wednesday night. "I think it's a pretty good compliment because he's a good player." But truth be told? He's already a good player being himself. 2003 will mark the third year he has started for the Bearcats, a unique feat. Kurt runs the 40 in 5.3, claims a 25-inch vertical leap, 260-pound bench and 350-pound squat. His goals on the football field are modest. "I just want to dominate every defense we go up against," he said. And Kurt is also a legitimate three-sport star, also playing basketball and baseball. He plays first-base and also pitches for the Bearcats. When Newboles is on the mound, the Randy Johnson-esque intimidation factor goes up a few notches. "Football is probably my best chance to get to college, but I like to play those other sports too," he said. And Newboles has been playing them for so long, he uses the transitions between sports to help him. "In-between whatever I'm doing I try to get into the weight room as much as I can at the high school," he said. "I try to get together with the other linemen to get our plays down, or to work on our feet." And while some of the skill players might have a little difficulty making the transition between sports, Kurt has it down pat. "Where it helps is that you get in shape for football and by the time you come out for basketball you are still in shape, so you are ahead of all the other guys that haven't been playing both sports," he said. Makes sense to me. The Bearcats open play this Friday against Black Hills. Kurt isn't the superstitious type, but does have a little routine that helps him get through. "I always try to get there early with plenty of time so that I can get my wrists, ankles and thumbs taped up," he said. "That's usually all I will do." There are some local colleges that are going to be watching Newboles' play on the gridiron this fall. In fact, before our conversation, Kurt spoke with two Pac-10 assistants. "It's been going good," he said, when asked about the recruiting process. "I talked to Coach (Randy) Hart from the University of Washington. He just wanted to check up on what I was doing in August since he couldn't talk to me. He wanted to know if I was ready for our big game on Friday. And before Coach Hart called, Coach (Steve) Morton from Stanford called." Newboles has already been to both campuses in the past six months. "I've talked to him before on the phone in the spring and I also went up this summer to talk to him and meet him a few times," Kurt said of his time spent with Coach Hart and the Huskies. "I went to Stanford for their Nike training camp this spring," he added. "I took a tour of Stanford the next day." Newboles has also been to the campuses at Oregon and Washington State before. "I might also be going over to Montana to see what's going on over there later in the year." And games? "I think I'm going to get up there to see Washington play UCLA," Newboles said. "I've been thinking that I'll go down to Oregon State to see them play someone soon and also down to Oregon to watch them play." Kurt claims no offers at this time, but that could change in the next month or so. "Coach Hart and Coach Morton both told me that they would be looking at the first couple of games of the season to see where I am and go from there," he said. Because of their interest, the Huskies and Cardinal are looking pretty solid atop Kurt's list of favorites. "I'm pretty open, but both of those schools would have to be right at the top. Both are great schools, being in the Pac-10. "I've always been a pretty big Husky fan living in Chehalis, it's not too far away. But it's exciting to see some other Pac-10 schools showing interest after watching them my whole life." Kurt Newboles Scout Profile
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