Posted: 12:32 am Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Fort Pierce Central’s two giants make the Cobras formidable 

By Jeff Greer

FORT PIERCE — One of them is an All-American. The other just needs to be seen more.

Either way, Fort Pierce Central’s giants — Giorgio Newberry and Mike Marseille — are a big reason the Cobras look like a formidable force in 2010. It only helps that coach Chris Hutchings has 16 returning starters (eight on offense, eight on defense) and 13 seniors from a 2009 playoff team that finished 5-5.

Newberry (6-5, 260, No. 5 on the PBGametime Big Board) is a handful on both sides of the ball — he plays offensive tackle and defensive end. He was an All-American after last season. At practice, he towers over each of his teammates.

Except one.

Meet Mike Marseille, Fort Pierce Central’s lesser known big fella. Marseille (6-5, 305) made waves at an Iowa State camp this summer, and his coach, Chris Hutchings, thinks Marseille would be a steal for the school that snaps up his services.

So far, only FAU has offered a scholarship to Marseille, who plays both offensive and defensive tackle for the Cobras. Hutchings said Western Kentucky recently expressed strong interest in the rising senior, who has only played four years of organized football because he was too big to play in leagues when he was younger. But more schools will like him once they see him, Hutchings believes.

“No one’s going to run on our side on defense and they’re going to run behind us a lot on offense,” joked Newberry, who lines up next to Marseille on the defensive line.

With a new quarterback in rising junior Marcus Sigmon, having two big offensive linemen will help Central’s offense. Having Newberry and Marseille on defense makes the Cobras’ defensive front one of the biggest in the area.

Marseille will get plenty of exposure as coaches come through this fall to watch Newberry. And his Cobras will certainly be in the running for some attention as a team.