Ht/Wt: 6'6, 255
School: Fort Pierce, Fl (Central)
About the Player
Newberry was recruited by just about every big-time school in the country. Each of the big three made a run at him at some point, but FSU established themselves as the early leader and really took contol over the summer. Since then it has seemed to be a matter of "when" not "if" Newberry would commit.
He has played on both sides of the ball and could project to either side(DE, OT). At 6'6 and 255 LEAN pounds there is a lot to work with here athletically and that is why he was so coveted by high BCS schools. He had a solid junior year, not spectacular, but really had a strong Spring game and has continued that play to early part of this year.
He is a player that has Sunday potential because of his athletic gift's and size. His ceiling is as high as any player in the state. If Newberry puts in the work, there is little question that he can be a difference maker.
Scout.com has him rated as the #18 DE in the country and a four-star prospect.
Commitment #16 for Florida State and the 13th from in-state for 2011. He was recruited by Mark Stoops and D.J. Eliot; he also has established a strong relationship with Coach Fisher.
Perhaps the biggest position of need this year is Defensive End and Newberry becomes the first of what is expected to be three DEs in this class. Coach Fisher likes that SEC size on the defensive line and Newberry fits that mold to a "T". Think Marcus Spears and Marquise Hill at LSU on the 2003 National Championship team. Both players were in the 6'5-6'6, 290 range playing DE.
He does possess a lot of upside as an OT, but that is really a decision for down the road. It deserves being mentioned because it seems that about half of the schools recruiting him liked him on offense(different scheme defensively).
Newberry is the third player from the "Treasure Coast" area of the state to commit this year (Keelin Smith and Lamarcus Brutus). Jeff Luc was a signee last year and Willie Haulstead is from nearby the year before. Point being is that FSU is establishing a strong presence in that area of the state.
As mentioned, we expect FSU to ink three DE's in this class. Other players being targeted include Ray Drew, Jermauria Rasco, and Jadaveon Clowney. There are others on the radar and it seems to safe to say that we will hit our numbers here.