Fort Pierce Central High School's Giorgio Newberry is the sort of disruptive force that WVU needs along its defensive front, and as such the Mountaineers have targeted him early in the recruiting process. With more than two dozen offers to date, Newberry certainly isn't hearing from just West Virginia, but he has the Mountaineer high on his radar screen.
"I talk with JaJuan Seider a lot," Newberry told BlueGoldNews.com. "He's from Florida, and he knows the football down here. We talk about West Virginia's program, and how I could fit into it. We don't always talk football – sometimes we talk about other things too. He is good to talk with."
With 41 tackles, including three for loss and three sacks, Newberry's presence on the edge of the line has helped pace Fort Pierce to a district title. He's concentrating on playoff action at the present, but plans to pick up the recruiting side of things once the season is completed.
"We play Palm Bay, and they are a good team," said Newberry of this week's foe. "We will have to bring our A game to win."
Newberry will certainly be a part of that effort. With long arms and a powerful frame, Newberry gets upfield into opposing backfields and can blow up plays from the start. He has the strength to hold his ground against the run, and when he doesn't get to the quarterback, he has the height and wingspan to get into passing lanes and bat down balls.
West Virginia has long been enamored with Newberry, who is likewise intrigued by WVU's Florida ties.
"I know they have 20-some guys on their roster from Florida right now," he said. "The were one of my first offers, and since I've been talking with them I've learned how they can use me in their defense. I get a really good vibe from them."
Of course, with so many other offers, the contest for Newberry's services is just beginning, but the Mountaineers appear to have a good start in the recruiting process. Newberry named West Virginia as a school that he plans to visit, and even though the recruiting process figures to get more hectic over the next year, he figures to keep the Mountaineers as one of his top choices.
"I didn't get the chance to go to as many camps as I wanted to last year," said Newberry, who also plays baseball, basketball and participates in field events for the track team. "This year, I am going to go to as many as I can.
"I didn't really expect for recruiting to be so busy this quickly," he admitted. "But when I got my first offer as a sophomore, it started picking up fast. I am focused on the playoffs now, and will concentrate on recruiting after the season."