2013 Signee Spotlight: Marcus Newby

It's not very often a player commits to Nebraska before their senior season and doesn't officially visit during a home game, but it was the case for Maryland product Marcus Newby.

OLB.) Marcus Newby

6-foot-1, 210-pounds / Quince Orchard High School (MD)

"Marcus just has such great passion and enthusiasm. He's the most aggressive player that I have ever coached and at the same time off the field, he's the most level-headed and great kid. Marcus is the best player that I have ever coached and that's saying something because we have had some great ones. Marcus has the intangibles that you can't coach."
- Dave Mencarini, Quince Orchard head coach

Senior Honors: Semper-Fi All-American, Washington Post All-Met first-team choice, and a Montgomery Gazette first-team pick

Senior Stats: 132 tackles, 15 TFLs, 7 PBUs in 2012

The Lowdown:It's not very often a player commits to Nebraska before their senior season and doesn't officially visit during a home game, but it was the case for Maryland product Marcus Newby.

With plenty of schools chasing after him, Newby unofficially visited during the Huskers' first annual "Big Red Weekend" in June. He didn't need long after to make the call, announcing he was headed to Nebraska in early July.

"They treat you like family," he said at the time. "They're good people and the coaching staff is good people. They want you to come and be a part of them, and to play together like a family. That is the biggest thing that stands out to me.

"How I'm going to play there is basically playing sideline-to-sideline, and cover the wide receiver. That's what I do at Quince Orchard, so it's pretty much the same thing we do here."

With plenty of other BCS programs to beat out, recruiting Newby was a group effort by the Nebraska coaching staff, but it was led by a single coach.

"Nebraska did a fantastic job recruiting Marcus and Ross Els was the lead guy for Nebraska," said Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini. "He just did a great job. Of course John Papuchis is a Quince Orchard grad, he walked these halls that Marcus currently does, his family lives around the corner and I coached his brother, but this was Els.

"Coach J.P. did help out. He had some great things to say to Marcus. He said that there would be no promises. No guarantees of playing time. But, he did say that he would put Marcus in the best possible situation to succeed and make sure that he had the right tools to do the job. And while Marcus was there he would help him out any way possible."

After a strong campaign in 2012, Newby was scheduled to play in the Semper-Fi All-American game in early January, but the 2013 prospect broke his ankle playing basketball. He should be fully healed when hitting campus later this summer.

Why Nebraska: "The people there and when I visited there, I loved it. Everything is close and everything is offered. I know somebody that goes there, and Coach J.P. (John Papuchis), the defensive coordinator, he went to Quince Orchard also, so I have a good connection there. They have everything to offer me, so that's why I made the decision."

Who Else: Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Arizona and Maryland

Who Recruited Him: Ross Els and John Papuchis

FOX Sports NEXT Rating: Three-star prospect (No. 27 OLB in the country)

BRR Projection: Newby is a speedy athletic linebacker who played on the outside in high school. He should fill the same role at Nebraska. A truly humble player, Newby doesn't seek attention, but if did maybe would have been ranked higher coming out of high school. It's likely he will have a great shot of seeing the field early with the Huskers. Look for Nebraska to try to use him the same way they did as Lavonte David. We aren't saying he's as talented, but plays very similar.

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