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Newberry shows he can do it all

The jumbo athlete shows the skills to play either O-line or D-line in college.

Originally Published: March 29, 2010
By Jc Shurburtt | ESPN Recruiting

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Athletic defensive end Giorgio Newberry (Fort Pierce, Fla./Central) doesn't mind that some believe his best position in college could be on the offensive line, while others say it is in the interior of the defensive line.

Newberry, who was named the defensive line Most Valuable Player for Sunday's Miami Nike Football Training Camp, was perhaps the top overall prospect at the event. He was impressive during position and agility drill work, showing off outstanding size (6-foot-5, 255 pounds), feet and athleticism. During the one-on-ones against the offensive lineman, he impressed by getting the best of the opponent he faced every time he took a rep.

[+] EnlargeGiorgio Newberry
Davide DePas/ESPN.comGiorgio Newberry already has offers from FSU, Miami, LSU, Clemson, Tennessee and South Carolina, among others.
So let them debate what his best position is later. Right now, his versatility is one of this strengths.

"That puts me at an advantage," Newberry said. "There are a lot of colleges that want me at offensive tackle, defensive tackle or defensive end. Some are even giving me my choice and just recruiting me as a jumbo athlete."

The performance at the University of Miami capped a busy weekend for Newberry, who was in Tallahassee during the early part of the weekend for an unofficial visit.

"(The camp) was really intense," Newberry said. "I learned more moves and I will be able to incorporate more moves into what I do. There were some great coaches out here. I am glad I made it. I went from the top of Florida to the bottom of Florida, so I am real tired, but I made it."

His trip to Florida State was a good one. The Seminoles, along with Florida, Miami, LSU, Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisville, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Florida International, Boston College, Duke, Maryland, Marshall, among others, have offered.

"It felt like family up there (at Florida State)," Newberry said. "(Seminoles head coach) Jimbo Fisher is a real, real cool coach. I got to sit down with (FSU defensive ends coach DJ Eliot) and watch film. He taught me some more moves. I also got the chance to tour the facilities and even got to see a little spring practice.

"They are going to rebuild. I think (Fisher) is going to get the job done."

While Newberry doesn't have any further trips planned for the spring, he didn't rule any out. He is hoping to attend a few camps this summer and said his decision won't come until right before signing day, if not on signing day itself. In the meantime, Newberry is keeps working on getting better and better and the Miami NFTC was a good start at showing all the things he can do.

"It was good," he said. "I had my way with pretty much everybody. It was a real good experience, though. I am going to be lifting weights, staying after it in the classroom and making sure my grades are right. I just want to bond with my team more than anything else."

Traveling men
Running back Harvey Langi (Bingham, Utah/South Jordan) made the 2,560-mile trip to Coral Gables to compete at the event, which annually is among the most loaded Nike Football Training Camp.

He played quite well, earning running back MVP honors and displaying good hands and athleticism during the drills.

"Traveling here was the worst part," he said. "We had to stop in Atlanta and got mixed up on a couple of flights over there and flew in here Saturday morning, but coming here was worth it. I just wanted to come out here and check out the competition and the speed. The competition is wild. So many kids have so much talent. All my time here was worth it. They treated every individual special and coached all of us."

With the 6-2, 220-pounder's skill in the passing game, it's possible he could end up playing H-back or somewhere besides running back in college, which is fine with Langi.

"I just want to work on everything," said Langi, who might even play some defense this season. "If a coach needs something here, something there, I will go play it. I want a bunch of tools in my toolbox."

Like Langi, wide receiver Joe Morrow (Ocean Springs, Miss./Ocean Springs) made the long journey to Coral Gables. Morrow attended Miami's spring game on Saturday and was impressive at the camp on Sunday. The 6-4, 200-pounder's stock is on the rise as he is well past a dozen scholarship offers.

Roberson shines
There has been a big buzz about cornerback Marcus Roberson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) during the recruiting cycle and on Sunday, he showed why. Roberson earned defensive back MVP honors at the event and was impressive throughout.

"It wasn't really too much," Roberson said. "I went out there and did my thing and that's about it."

Roberson has an offer from Texas A&M and hopes to hear from more programs in the near future. Chances are he will.

Six Sleepers
Here are some under-the-radar players who impressed on Sunday.

• Wardell Coleman, RB, Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee: He played running back for most of the day, but has good hands and may have a build more suited for receiver in college. He caught just about everything that was thrown his way.

Jordan Montgomery, S/LB, Groveland, Fla./South Lake: Montgomery can play linebacker or safety in college and does a lot of good natural things. Montgomery has five scholarship offers (Ole Miss, Arkansas, Maryland, Central Florida and Iowa State).

Deon Green, DT, Orlando, Fla./Olympia: It is hard to call a player nearing a 10-program offer list a sleepert, but in terms of buzz, he has been. Green will be a defensive tackle in college and that makes sense when you look at his size, athleticism and upside. "I learned a lot of new stuff today so it will help me out in the future," he said.

Chris Moore, WR, Tampa, Fla./Jefferson: At some point, if he keeps shining at events like these, we won't be calling Moore a sleeper any longer. In fact, his reputation is growing among college coaches and a good showing on Sunday did nothing to stop that momentum. Moore was very good during one-on-ones and position work.

Kenneth Myers, WR, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast: The 6-2, 182-pound Myers has good size, good hands and runs good routes. Maryland has already jumped in with a scholarship offer and Myers said he expects Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Central Florida to offer in the near future

Courtney Moshood, WR, Miami, Fla./Southridge: Moshood used his speed to break open deep several times during the one-on-one drills and showed good hands and quickness. He's also been working hard in the weight room and the 5-9, 160-pounder has added some needed bulk. Look for him to earn some offers as the recruiting cycle moves forward.

JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at jcsespn@aol.com.

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