Nebraska proved to be the right combination of things for Marcus Newby.
The four-star linebacker from Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard High School was NU's 12th commit for the 2013 recruiting class.
“It feels great and it's a relief. I'm so excited about everything,” Newby told HuskersIllustrated.com. “Basically, I loved it on my visit. When I came in it felt like a family and they brought me in as one of their brothers.”
Newby and Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini visited Nebraska for Big Red Weekend in mid-June and spent a considerable amount of time on campus, learning about NU's culture and the academic support system, plus spending time with current players.
NU's commitment to academic success stuck with both Mencarini and Newby well after the June visit.
“Ultimately, this wasn't even a football decision, it was a life decision,” Mencarini said. “We spent a lot of time learning about the academic program and the support structure Nebraska has. I've seen a lot of great BCS programs around the country and I never saw anything like I saw at Nebraska.”
As a junior for Quince Orchard, Newby finished with 107 tackles, three sacks, broke up eight passes and forced two fumbles. As a senior, He chose Nebraska over a final group of Maryland, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers and West Virginia.
“He’s a rare combo of a guy who can play in space and be an every-down linebacker," Mencarini sai.d "He can be that tough, physical guy inside, and he can run extremely well. His skills need to be developed at Nebraska, but he’s the most aggressive player I’ve ever coached. Probably the best player I’ve ever coached.”
Newby told the Washington Post that his familiarity with defensive coordinator John Papuchis and Jason Ankrah, who are both graduates of Quince Orchard, helped make the decision easier.
The Maryland prep standout was the Huskers' third linebacker commit for the 2013 class as he joined Josh Banderas and Courtney Love.
Our take: He’s a guy who’s not afraid of contact and providing run support, but can also react appropriately in space against the pass. Newby does have a chance to play right away, but he’ll have to emerge quickly. Learning the system is what prevents most first-year linebackers from making an impact.
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