Louisville offers coveted FL lineman Newberry

Giorgio Newberry, a promising lineman from Fort Pierce (FL) Fort Pierce Central, is one of the hottest recruiting targets in Florida. He's a Big East priority and Louisville popped an offer on the table last week. Newberry spoke with InsideTheVille.com about the Cardinals offer.

Giorgio Newberry, a promising lineman from Fort Pierce (FL) Central, is a Big East priority recruit.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Newberry already holds scholarship offers from West Virginia, Rutgers and South Florida. Last week, Newberry, a third team All-State selection last season, received an offer from Louisville. He spoke with UofL coach Charlie Strong last Monday about the Cardinals offer.

"I haven't spoken with Coach Strong since he was at Florida so it was good to talk with him this week," Newberry said. "I knew him real good when he was at Florida. That was my boy. He's real straight with you. He doesn't come at you with all this non-sense."

Newberry's prior relationship with Strong could provide a boost to Louisville's chances as the recruiting process moves forward.

"I think Louisville will be a good program with the new coaching staff," Newberry said. "I'm definitely going to consider them."

Giorgio Newberry is a hot prospect this spring.
Newberry is without question one of the most sought after players in Florida. As a junior, Newberry recorded 41 tackles and three sacks on defense. He also was a standout on the offensive line.

"He's big, he's probably 6'5, 260 now," said Fort Pierce coach Chris Hutchings. "He's one of our best lifters in weight room. He runs really well for as big as he is. From just a character standpoint he's a great kid. This kid is one you want to have around all the time. He's above a 3.0 [GPA] in his core.

"He played mostly defensive end for us. He played a little three-technique tackle because of our needs up front. We're not very big overall. He played both sides of the ball. He played offensive tackle and moves his feet really well. He's a good pass blocker on that side of the ball."

Newberry has two dozen or more offers. He's lost count at this point, but he will have no shortage of options when the time comes to make a college decision. College coaches are pretty divided about what side of the ball his future rests, though it's not difficult to envision him as a dominant offensive or defensive tackle down the line.

"I don't know what he's going to play at the next level," said Hutchings. "Some people want an end that's faster than him but he's played well when he's played there. I've got people left and right beating down his door."

Newberry doesn't really have a preference about position, he just wants to play and help the team win.

"They [coaches] ask me what I want to play," Newberry said. "I say whatever is best for the team. I don't really have a preference. I'm open to any slot on the team that will help the team out. I played defensive end and tackle and I think I play both positions well. I have strength, agility, quickness and explosion off the ball."

On the recruiting front, Newberry is starting check out a few schools who have offered. He planned to attend USF's junior day last weekend and visited Florida last month.

"I'm pretty much open to everyone," Newberry said. "I'm [looking] for a good football program, a good coaching staff and good academics."

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