Ranked as the No. 19 defensive end in the country, Newberry was told by the LSU coaches that he would work well on the edges of the defensive line for the Tigers.
Then again, his ability to transition to the offensive side also caught the attention of the staff.
“(Offensive line) Coach (Greg) Studrawa said that I could try playing some tackle,” said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Newberry. “It seemed like LSU’s approach was just getting me on the field as soon as possible, and that’s definitely something I’m looking for.
“Coach (Billy) Gonzales told me that I could be that instant difference maker. He said I'm the type of guy who is good enough to come into the right situation and start playing early.”
Contact over the past couple of months has picked up with the Tigers, a time period highlighted by the addition of Gonzales to the four-star’s recruitment.
“Coach Gonzales was at Florida for a while, so he knows this area,” said the Fort Pierce native. “He came down here a couple of times to check on me. It let me know that they were pretty serious. Plenty of schools came through, but I was able to keep up with the LSU coaches close.”
Newberry, who reports a 3.1 GPA and recently took the ACT, will use the summer to compete in team camps before hitting the road for games in the fall.
One of the stops: Baton Rouge.
“I haven’t picked out my five spots yet, but I know I’m going to get to LSU no matter what,” he said. “I’ve heard too much good stuff not to set the visit up. I will sit down at the end of the summer with my mom and we will narrow down my list, but I’m confident that LSU is going to still be there. They are in a good spot.”