Four-star LB Newby Enjoys Rutgers Visit

Quince Orchard High (Gaithersburg, Md.) four-star outside linebacker Marcus Newby visited Rutgers yesterday and it changed his opinion on the school. Newby, who holds double-digit verbal scholarship offers, broke down the details of his visit with

Quince Orchard High (Gaithersburg, Md.) four-star outside linebacker Marcus Newby did not know what to expect when he arrived at Rutgers yesterday on an unofficial visit. Newby lives less than three hours from campus, but had never visited Rutgers before his trip to a spring practice.

In Piscataway, N.J., for the day, Newby said Rutgers went from just one of his many offers to a school standing out to him.

"I'm highly interested now compared to before [the visit]," Newby said. "...The environment was good. I wasn't expecting it to be that good actually. I really liked their facility and weight room. I liked their team meeting rooms. They were pretty big. I toured the field and it's pretty nice."

Newby spent the day at Rutgers, where he took in the fifth of 15 practices for the Scarlet Knights and met with the key figures of the program.

"It was really good," Newby said of watching practice. "The practice level and intensity was high. There was a lot of energy with the guys running around. I also liked that they sat me down 1-on-1. They talked me through with the academic support head and the dean and the strength and conditioning coach. It was great."

Head coach Kyle Flood and linebackers coach Dave Cohen stood out on the field and in meetings, he said.

"They're very good coaches," he said. "I liked Coach Cohen and Coach Flood a lot. They really want me and I'm very interested in Rutgers now. It was good that they are recruiting me."

Newby received top treatment with the off-the-field staff, meeting with academic support head Scott Walker, Dean Carl Kirschner and strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole.

"They're very straightforward with you," Newby said. "[Walker] wants you to get your work done. It's that simple. He was talking a lot about study hours and basically like getting work done at Rutgers is a big thing. I liked that."

Newby holds verbal offers from Arizona, Maryland, Nebraska, N.C. State, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, UCF, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

He has no leaders or rankings of his offers, but said Rutgers will "most likely" make it to his final cut before he makes a verbal commitment.

"I'm probably going to make [cuts] soon," Newby said. "I'm trying to get a few more visits before I narrow down my list. I'm probably going to make [my decision] in the summer some time."

Newby has no more trips planned for the spring at this time.

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