Class of '11 Florida OL/DL gets Rutgers offer

Rutgers continues to give out offers for the 2011 class, and recently the Scarlet Knights offered one of the Treasure Coast's top juniors. The player is 6-foot-6, 290 pounds and plays both offensive tackle positions and defensive end. He already has a few handfuls of offers, and said he watched the "beating" Rutgers put on South Florida last week on national television.

When you're 6-foot-6, 290- pounds, athletic enough to play defensive end, strong enough to play both offensive tackle positions and reside in Florida, the scholarship offers will flow.

Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High's Giorgio Newberry, a class of 2011 prospect, is experiencing such an overflow.

Rutgers added its name to the list of schools to offer Newberry a scholarship Oct. 21.

"I watched a few games of Rutgers this season,'' Newberry said. "I saw that game against South Florida last week. It was beating.''

Newberry received his first offers from Iowa State and Duke, shortly after his sophomore season. Since then, Oregon, Florida International, Central Florida, North Carolina State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida and Boston College each offered.

Newberry hasn't thought about a leader, and admitted his is surprised by the amount of early interest.

"It goes through my mind once in a while,'' he said. "I didn't know recruiting was coming so early. It never came to mind what kind of program I wanted to go to.''

Most of the preliminary discussions with college programs center around Newberry playing defensive end, but a few are talking about offensive tackle. The constant is all teams are in awe of his size and agility.

"I like defensive end,'' Newberry said. "I like to get up field. I played defensive tackle sometimes. I can get penetration from the middle and bull rush.''

Fort Pierce, which is home to senior receiver and Rutgers target Tim Smith, is 5-4 this season. The Cobras open the playoffs Friday against Palm Bay (Melbourne, Fla).

"Some people tell me he can play defensive line at a Division I school,'' Fort Pierce coach Chris Hutchings said. "Some think he can be as a defensive tackle. He runs really well. He's a tall, lean kid. He's a creature. He's worked hard in the weight room and he has natural ability. He's a great kid. Unbelievable.''

Newberry also plays basketball and throws the discus and shot put, but his future appears to be in football.

"In the last three games, he's been lights out,'' Hutchings said. "He's been back at defensive end the last couple of weeks after we played him at defensive tackle. We moved him to defensive end and he locks down one side of field. He has ability to run guys down.''

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