Dominant Fla. DE talks recruiting, Rutgers

The standout defensive end from Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High was onthe Rutgers campus to participate in a big man camp inside the Rutgers bubble. He talks about what he saw while on the trip, whether he is considering Rutgers, and what he is looking for in a college. Among more than his dozen offers are ones from Rutgers, South Carolina, LSU, Florida and Tennessee.

The yellow shoes, 6-foot-6, 260-pound frame and flowing dreadlocks brought Giorgio Newberry immediate attention at the BadgerSport Elite Linemen Challenge over the weekend.

And the Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High defensive end made sure the attention was warranted not only for his look, but also his play on the field.

The athletic Newberry was a standout at the camp, and showed why he has more than a dozen offers already.

Since the event was on Rutgers' campus, he got a glimpse of the Scarlet Knights' facilities. After all, Newberry counts Rutgers as one of the many schools to already offer him.

"I saw the weight room and I liked it,'' Newberry said. "I've got coach (Greg) Schiano on my Facebook, but I never got a chance to meet him.''

Newberry carries tremendous talent with a 3.2 grade point average, which is why schools like Stanford already offered him.

Among the many other schools to offer Newberry are South Florida, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, LSU, Iowa State, North Carolina and Duke.

But he is not even close to trimming his list, nor does he care for a particular geographic region when it comes to a school.

"I'm wide open,'' Newberry said. "What programs do I want to find out more about? Pretty much all of them because I don't really know anything about them. I just watch them on t.v., and you don't know what kind of program they are until you visit the campus.''

Florida State and Miami also are showing Newberry plenty of interest, and he expects offers from them.

However, Newberry will base his decision on much more than the strength of its football team.

"Good academics, good program, a good environment,'' Newberry said. "That's the main thing. That's what I'm looking for. You never know. You could get hurt. You've got have something to fall back on.''

Oh, and how much mail is Newberry receiving from colleges these days?

"Too much stuff,'' he said. "I really don't (open it all). It's too much.''

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