Newby and Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini took an unofficial visit to Rutgers this past Thursday and Mencarini said he was out with his family on Friday when he returned to find a message on his cell phone from Oklahoma linebackers coach Tim Kish.
“We exchanged messages Friday and we spoke today for a while,” Mencarini said.
Newby, who is 6 feet 1 and 207 pounds, was a second-team All-Met last season, helping the Cougars advance to the Maryland 4A championship game. He has nearly a dozen scholarship offers, including Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, West Virginia, Rutgers and North Carolina State. He also has taken visits to Maryland and West Virginia.
“We’re going to see what happens once the evaluation period opens back up” on April 16, Mencarini said. “I want to get him to as many places as possible. Marcus has said on record that he wants to have a decision before his senior year and I think that is a good idea.”
Mencarini expects three other Quince Orchard players – fullback Tyrell Williams, defensive end Kieran Gregory and linebacker Carlo St. Regis to receive their first scholarship offers once the spring recruiting period begins. The coach plans to take several players to spring practice at Maryland this week.
“I like taking younger kids down there to watch practice,” Mencarini said. “You think you want to be a Division I football player? This is what Division I football is like.”