Jumbo ATH considering Clemson trip

Clemson interior offensive line coach Brad Scott stopped by Fort Pierce Central High School (Fort Pierce, Fla.) to see one of the most sought after jumbo athletes in the class of 2011.

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The one-time offensive tackle target is now being recruited to Tigertown as a defensive end. "It was about two weeks ago when he came," Giorgio Newberry told CUTigers on Sunday. "I try to stay in contact with him as much as possible."

In conversations with Scott, Newberry has been given plenty of high praise.

"He tells me that I'm a very good prospect and tells me that I'm one of the best left tackles he's seen in the last 33 years," Newberry said.

Scout.com rates him as a four-star and ranks him as the No. 18 defensive end in the class of 2011.

The Tigers' coaching staff likes Newberry as a defensive end.

"After (Scott) came by and saw me, he said, ‘You're a defensive end.' He saw what kind of body-type (6-6, 245 pounds) I have," he said. "He's told me they have a good program for defensive linemen and they put defensive linemen in the NFL—the league.

"He told me a couple of years ago they picked up the number one d-end in the nation. He told me I could come to Clemson and develop and have a pretty good career as a defensive end at Clemson."

Playing on that side of the ball suits Newberry just fine.

"I want to get on the field as soon as possible," he said. "With me being 245, I'd definitely have to red shirt my freshman year (as an offensive tackle)."

Along with Clemson, Newberry has picked up offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Tennessee. In total, he guessed there are about 35-40 to his name with most recruiting him as a jumbo athlete.

As far as who leads, it's too early to tell.

"Maybe in the summer time I'll start evaluating the colleges. I'll make a few trips here and there and consider my top 10 from there," he said.

Newberry has planned to hit a camp at Iowa State next week and visit Tennessee the following week.

Might Clemson receive a visit?

"Clemson will be one I'll try to make it to over the summer," he said.

As a junior, Newberry finished with 40 tackles and three sacks.

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