Four-star DE Newberry Still Interested in RU?

Rutgers was one of the first programs to offer Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High defensive end Giorgio Newberry, and now it seems as if he could pick any school in the nation to attend. So, more than five months after the offer went out, is Rutgers still on Newberry's mind? The 6-foot-6, 245-pound physical specimen provides the answer, as well as what he told a Rutgers assistant coach recently.

Rutgers was one of the first schools to offer Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central High standout Giorgio Newberry, who is now rated the No. 18 defensive end by

And since that time a bevy of schools, including, Florida, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and LSU, all came forth with offers.

So, with so much hoopla surrounding the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Newberry, is Rutgers still in the mix?

"One of their coaches asked me the same thing, and I said, ‘I'm open to anything.' It's not a lie,'' Newberry said. "I'm wide open. I haven't ruled out anything. I talked to (Rutgers) coach (Phil) Galiano on Facebook and told him the same thing, that I'm still open.''

Newberry was on Rutgers' campus in the winter when he participated in a lineman combine, but he didn't get a chance to see the campus or meet with the staff because his time was limited.

He is yet to make his summer visit schedule, but is looking to check out schools outside of Florida after he visited Florida, Florida State, South Florida and UCF in the spring.

"I am going to sit down with family and do that after the spring, at some time in the summer,'' Newberry said. "I'm not sure where, but I've got plans to go places. There aren't some schools I'm looking at really hard. I really have not looked at any one program over another.''

Newberry is fast off the edge and has very good feet. He made 40 tackles and had three sacks while playing across the defensive line for Fort Pierce.

But Newberry said neither the size of the program, nor the conference it plays in, will be a deciding factor in his decision. Instead, academics will play a role for Newberry, whose early plan is to major in sports medicine.

"(The conference) is not a really big deal. I just want to play football, get an education, get a degree,'' Newberry said. "College is college when it comes to ball. You have to get a degree.''

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