Kolbe's stock on the rise

Kolbe's stock on the rise

Naperville Central (Ill.) quarterback Jake Kolbe is going to be just a junior, but he is already hearing from a number of schools. Kolbe has worked to improve his game, with the hope of gaining more recruiting interest.

Naperville Central (Ill.) quarterback Jake Kolbe has aspirations of playing division-one football, but would be happy playing the game he loves anywhere.

"It has always been a dream of mine to play college football," said Kolbe, who will be a junior next year.

With that goal in mind, Kolbe has worked harder than ever during the offseason. He has participated in 7-on-7 drills since January, while putting in work in the weight room. That has led to a 20-pound increase and sharp velocity on his throws.

"I want to build off what I'm good at now, but try to make all my skills better," Kolbe said.

Kolbe, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, has received interest from Northwestern, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, and Northern Illinois, among others.

The Wildcats have expressed minor interest thus far, though Kolbe feels strongly about them.

"I've always liked the school, I love watching them," Kolbe said of Northwestern. "I think Pat Fitzgerald is a great coach and they're on the rise. I like Northwestern."

Kolbe attended a camp at Iowa State, and plans attend one at Northern Illinois. He is also considering whether to attend the Northwestern-hosted Chicagoland Showcase camp on Thursday. Kolbe has high hopes for his junior season with the Naperville Central Redhawks.

"We should have really good team," he said. "Our defense is really strong. It's looking good for us."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Big Red Report, and currently covers the Northwestern Wildcats and Chicago Cubs. He currently resides on Chicago's north side.
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