The Offers are Piling Up

One of the Sunshine State's top defensive prospects for 2011, Fort Pierce Central High's Giorgio Newberry is hearing from schools from coast-to-coast - including LSU.

At 6-foot-6, 250-pounds, Giorgio Newberry can suit up on either side of the line, either as a defensive end or an offensive tackle.

And so far, with his size and versatility, programs across the map are sending mail on a daily basis to the Florida standout’s home and school.

“I get more and more stuff all the time, and I know that I have to be close to 30 total offers,” Newberry said. “It is an amazing feeling. I could never have told you a season ago that I would be in this spot.”

First things first, Newberry maintained that staying in Florida is not a requirement.

And, though schools like South Florida and Florida International have already offered, and Florida, Florida State and Miami are all showing serious attention, the junior prospect said he would maintain an open mind throughout his process.

“I am not planning on making any kind of early decisions, and the one thing that I am going to make sure happens is that I get out across the country and see what is available for me,” Newberry said. “I don’t want to let this opportunity to experience college life as a student-athlete slip away from me, so I am taking it slow and making sure I check everything out.”

Tight ends coach Don Yanowsky is recruiting Florida for the Tigers, though newly hired wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Billy Gonzales – who spent five seasons at UF – could begin helping with the Sunshine State, as well.

No matter what staff member is on Newberry, the Tigers are making sure that their presence is felt.

LSU is actually one of the schools that I hear from the most,” he said. “The coaches that I have gotten to talk with are pretty cool guys, and for the staff to offer me early, I know that they are serious about me coming in and playing.”

Having grown up a fan of the LSU program, Newberry said that he has caught Tiger games on the television year in and out.

This summer, he hopes to make his first campus visit, followed in the fall by his first game in Tiger Stadium.

“I want to get out to some big camps next year, and LSU is one that I have been talking to my coaches and family about going to,” Newberry said. “I am not in any rush to make a decision, so the schools that I am looking at outside of Florida will all get visits at some point.”

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