Brenden Lach ‘20, Intro to Journalism Contributing Writer
South Lyon defensive back finalizes his college search when he decided to commit to Michigan Technological University on Dec. 9. Senior Jake Newman gave MTU coach Bryan Thomas the news over the phone his commitment.
“Michigan Tech was just the perfect fit for me with schooling and athletics.” Newman said. MTU is located in the fin of the Upper Peninsula, in a small Michigan city named Houghton, and is approximately eight and a half hours away from South Lyon.
Newman has been playing under football head coach Jeff Henson since his sophomore year. “Jake is a phenomenal athlete and leaves it all on the field every game. He plays with a lot of heart and tenacity.” Henson said.
Another coach Dave Reyburn said, “Watch out GLIAC because this kid is for real!” The GLIAC also known as the great lakes intercollegiate athletic conference is considered to be the SEC of division two.
That being said, means this conference is no joke. Michigan Tech will have to play very tough opponents such as Ferris State, Grand Valley, Wayne State, and Ashland.
Newman will be following in the footsteps of his brother Joe who played as a defensive back for four years at Saginaw Valley State. SVSU being another team Michigan Tech has to go up against. Newman said, “I’ve learned a lot from Joe over the years. He’s taught me everything there is to know about playing defensive back in such a tough conference like the GLIAC.”
Newman is set to play alongside Defensive nickelback Braxton Blackwell (SLHS Grad ‘17) who will be entering his junior season for the Huskies, as well for SLHS senior and middle linebacker Jack Schafer. Schafer will also be kicking off his career at Michigan Tech as a freshman next year. Defensive Coordinator Bryan Thomas at MTU is going to coach Newman for the next four years.
Former teammate and childhood friend of Newman’s, senior Brendan Dancer played alongside him for three years. He said, “Playing college football has always been a dream of Jake’s and I am extremely proud to see him achieve his goals.”
Being nine hours away at Michigan Tech seems like it is worlds away, but to this South Lyon senior, it’s just a step to the backyard. Long winters with a lot of snow only fuels this kids flame. Newman said, “I’m proud to say I’m a Husky.”
Photo courtesy of Brendan Lach