Coach Spotlight: Giorgio Newberry

Giorgio Newberry gave his commitment to the Florida State football program after a weekend visit to Tallahassee. Jimbo Fisher wants big and fast defensive ends, and Newberry certainly fits the bill at 6-6, 255 with 4.91 speed in the 40. His head coach, Chris Hutchings, at Ft. Pierce Central thinks his best days are in front of him as a player.

"Giorgio's been a 4-year starter for us," said Hutchings. "He's a kid who has worked extremely hard both on the field and in the weight room. We've also seen his knowledge and understanding of the game really increase year-by-year."

Giorgio Newberry is having an outstanding senior season so far with 30 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks helping the Central Cobras off to a fast 3-0 start.

"Giorgio isn't going to put up a lot of flashy stats here because we play so many teams who run," said Hutchings. "The last game I think the other team only passed the ball five times. Plus, he gets double, sometimes triple-teamed. They go high-low on him. Despite that he does a good job of staying with the play. I think the last game he had 12 tackles, eight in the game before, and 10 in our first one."

Newberry is a versatile athlete who is still growing and learning the game. Some schools were looking at him as a future offensive tackle, but the Seminoles like him coming off the edge on the defensive line.

"His freshman year was actually his first year of playing football because he was too big to play in Pop Warner," Hutchings said. "We use at defensive end, but we've also used him in the 3-technique at nose guard, and a little on offense at tackle. He runs well with a good motor, especially for someone his size. There's nobody faster in our league in coming off the ball. He's the best."

Newberry was named All-State as a junior (FL 4A, District 14). He has been selected this season as an Under Amour All-American and plans on playing in the annual high school All-Star game in January.

"I haven't had a chance to speak to Giorgio yet on his commitment to Florida State," said Hutchings. "I knew he was taking one of his fellow seniors, Mike Marsaille, up there with him last weekend. He's made several trips to Tallahassee, and I know he really likes the coaching staff."

Newberry had trimmed his list to nine previously with Miami, Clemson, Florida, Tennessee, Auburn, Notre Dame, Georgia, and LSU making the cut with Florida State.

"Off the field Giorgio's a great kid," said Hutchings. "He's been nothing but stellar here as a player and as a student. Currently, his GPA is at a 3.1, which is good. We're working to get his test score up."

The Cobras try to stay unbeaten this weekend in a home game with Santaluces High School from Lantana, Fla.

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