Linebacker Prospect Pledges to Nebraska
4-Star Linebacker Marcus Newby Intends to be a Husker
Nebraska secured a verbal commitment from 4-star linebacker prospect Marcus Newby today. The Maryland native becomes the 12th member of this year's Husker recruiting class and joins Josh Banderas and Courtney Love as the linebackers in this year's group. Nebraska getting Newby to come to Lincoln is significant for many reasons.
Newby is a highly regarded prospect. The 6'1'' 205 defender had scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools including Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, South Carolina. Nebraska's main competition for him came from Penn State, which makes it doubly sweet for the Huskers. Beating a team you play every year for a prospect is like winning twice.
Next, Newby cements the Husker linebacker recruits as among the best group in the country. To have three players as talented as Banderas, Love and Newby pledge to be the future of NU's line backing corps sends a clear message about how well regarded Pelini and his defensive staff are among high school players and coaches.
Finally, geography and relationships matter. How did Nebraska pluck a kid from an eastern state and away from more geographically close programs like Penn State, Virginia Tech and his home state school Maryland? He's from Quince Orchard high school. Current Husker Jason Ankra and Husker Defensive Coordinator John Papuchis are both Quince Orchard alums. That familiar feeling and strong relationship combined with Nebraska's top-notch facilities and program to secure Newby's pledge.
To be successful in the long term, Nebraska must recruit nationwide as well as they do locally, and bring in high-caliber players. Newby certainly fits that bill.