Irish Hope To Catch Newberry's Eye

With over 30 scholarship offers, Giorgio Newberry is one of the most highly recruited players from the state of Florida. The defensive end from Fort Pierce Central High School (Fla.) doesn't have any favorites at this time and doesn't plan to rush his recruitment.

The Notre Dame coaching staff will likely stop by to pay a visit Giorgio Newberry (6-foot-6, 250-pounds) this week. The Irish offered the defensive end a couple weeks ago and he's intrigued by the scholarship offer.

"I was surprised that they offered, Newberry said. "But it felt good getting an offer from them. I'm excited. I know a little, but there's still more I want to learn about the school. I'm interested in getting to know more about them and getting to know them. I'm just getting introduced to the program.

"It sounds like a good program, and with a new coaching staff it sounds like they'll give you a chance to come in a compete for a starting spot. It's a good opportunity. Everyone wants to play early and I want to have a chance to get on the field early. With Notre Dame having a new coaching staff, you'll get that chance to start and play early."

Newberry is a dominant player at both defensive end and offensive tackle at Fort Pierce and could end up on either side of the ball in college. The Irish are recruiting him to play defensive end for their ‘3-4 defensive scheme.

It will be tough for any program to pull Newberry from the state of Florida, but at this time he says that leaving the state won't be a problem for him.

"I'm pretty much open," he explained. "I'm not a person that's set on staying in state. You have to do what you have to do and find the best opportunity. I'm going to have to go out of town for the next four years, and you never know what's going to happen. Leaving the state isn't too much of a factor for me.

"I'm not ready to narrow my schools down, but maybe I will be sometime during the summer. I'll talk it over with my family and then start to narrow my schools down and then we'll see what goes on from there." Top Stories