Top In-State Junior Primed for Big Junior Season

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One of Virginia Tech’s biggest commitments from the June camp was not expected but very welcomed. It came from top rising junior Nick Acree, a 6-5 1/2, 310-pound defensive tackle out of King William High School (VA). As is the case with many top prospects, though, other schools are continuing their pursuit.

“I’m getting letters through my coach,” Acree said. “I can’t get any official offers until September. I’ve gotten letters from Virginia Tech, Boston College, Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Notre Dame and UVa.”

While he did not rule out the possibility of checking out other schools, Acree seems solid in his commitment to the Hokies.

“I committed to Virginia Tech because it is close. My family pretty much loves Virginia Tech,” Acree said. “Me and my family have been praying about it and I feel God is leading me to Virginia Tech. I might look at some other schools to make sure my decision is final, but I’m definitely committed to Virginia Tech.”

Physically, there is no question that Acree is one impressive talent. In addition to impressive size, he is very strong. He recently maxed out at 410 pounds on the bench press. He can also bench 185 pounds 37 times. He outclasses his high school competition and expects to enjoy a monster junior year.

“I’ve been preparing for my junior season,” said Acree, who will primarily play defensive tackle this coming season but could see action at tight end in goal line situations. “After the commitment, which was so big and there was so much excitement, I wanted to concentrate on preparing for this season. I’ve been lifting weights and working hard. I feel prepared because I’m a lot stronger than last year. I’m a lot quicker and faster. I also have a lot more knowledge about the game.”

Former Detroit Lions standout Mel Gray, now a personal trainer, has worked with Acree these past few years and obviously has done wonders. Acree has also improved through the help and talent of his teammates.

“My teammates are big guys also and it is good to have guys to push you,” Acree said. “When it is time for me to play against other teams, it’ll be a lot easier.”

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