That changed when the four-star defensive end, rated No. 18 in the nation at his position by Scout.com, attended the Scarlet Knights' camp earlier this week.
"It was a good experience," the 6-foot-6, 255-pound Newberry said. "I felt a lot of love coming from them. I got to hang out with the coaches, so that was good."
The talented Newberry is being recruited by schools to play defensive end and offensive tackle, but his preference is to be on the defensive side of the ball.
"That's what they're recruiting me as, a defensive end," Newberry said. "I was talking to the defensive line coach (Randy Melvin), and he was telling me how hard they work."
He may be tough to land out of Florida, but the Scarlet Knights' decision to offer him in the fall is what made him make the visit to Piscataway, N.J., and the trip showed well in Newberry's eyes.
"I really liked it," he said. "I'm going to make a top 10 list, and they might be on it. I'm going to do one at the end of the summer."