Nebraska leveraged some old relationships in securing its newest commit to their 2013 recruiting class, linebacker Marcus Newby, who attends Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland. That happens to be the same high school that Nebraska’s defensive coordinator, John Papuchis, attended as well as current defensive end, junior Jason Ankrah.
Newby is rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and a current three-star recruit from Scout. Both services have Newby ranked in the top 25 nationally at the outside linebacker position.
Newby becomes the 12th commit for the 2013 recruiting class and the third linebacker joining Josh Banderas and Courtney Love at the position.
He picked Nebraska over Penn State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Maryland, and Rutgers. He also held offers from Virginia Tech, South Carolina, and Arizona.
“Guys like Marcus don’t come along very often,” Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini said. “I think he could play anywhere in the country.”
Newby’s commitment is certainly good news for a program looking to take the next step under Bo Pelini after four straight seasons of nine wins or more. Nebraska finished third in the Legends Division during its first season in the Big Ten trailing both Michigan and Michigan State in the standings. That followed back-to-back seasons of losing in the Big 12 championship game to Texas and Oklahoma.
Entering the 2012 season, the Huskers will no doubt be looking to develop depth at the linebacker position which has talent, but most of it unproven. Will Compton figures to be the anchor in the middle this season but Nebraska will likely need some fresh faces to step forward, a list that will include David Santos, junior college transfer Zaire Anderson, and maybe even true freshman Michael Rose.
Combine that young talent with the current class of Newby, Banderas, and Love and you have the recipe for a solid Pelini defense in the years to come; great linebacker play.
The Huskers are now approximately half way to filling their ’13 class which is expected to finish in the low to mid 20’s and will likely be their biggest recruiting class in several seasons.