Tech Off to Big Start to 2010 Class

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With only one verbal commitment in the fold for the 2009 class prior to Saturday’s camp, certainly a major focus of the camp was scoring 2009 class commitments. The Tech staff certainly must have been pleased, though, when one of the top in-state rising juniors decided to make a verbal commitment.

6-6, 290-pound King William (King William, VA) defensive tackle Nick Acree had not planned on committing to Tech the summer before his junior year, but he couldn’t resist after yesterday’s experience.

“I had decided that, no matter what, I was not going to commit because there were a lot of camps I was going to go to,” Acree said. “I wasn’t going to give into it, no matter what. I went in with that mindset. When I was shown around Virginia Tech and saw the campus and saw Coach Beamer’s office, I thought to myself that this was too nice not to commit. If I loved Tech like I loved it, why would I wait? That’s where I was at. I felt like God wanted me to go to Virginia Tech.”

Virginia Tech was the program the King William star grew up rooting for, making this decision all the more special.

“Of course, being in Virginia was one good thing about [Virginia Tech], but seeing how the fans are, seeing the stadium, seeing the football program and knowing it is a good family environment were all things I liked,” Acree said.

Acree has accepted Tech’s verbal offer – Division 1A coaches cannot send out written scholarship offers until the beginning of a prospect’s junior year. He projects as a defensive tackle, though he certainly has the size and ability to play on either side of the line.

Acree played offensive tackle and defensive tackle last season as a sophomore, but he will only play defense this upcoming season. He is looking forward to a big-time junior year.

“I was 6-5, 290 pounds last year, but I could only bench press 270 pounds,” said Acree, an honorable mention all-state selection at defensive tackle in 2007. “Now, I’m a lot stronger. I lost a lot of weight and put good weight back on. Coach Hill, who has trained me, helped me out a lot. He made a real good workout plan for me. I’ve packed on major muscle and I can now bench press 425 pounds.”

Despite not being able to sign with Virginia Tech until February of 2010, Acree plans to focus