Other 1A Programs Pursue VT Commit

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King William (VA) defensive tackle Nick Acree , a 6-6, 305-pound prospect who may be one of the top juniors in the country, verbally committed to Virginia Tech at Tech’s first 2008 camp in June. That hasn’t stopped other Division 1A programs from trying to get involved, but is the big-time junior interested in checking out a few of those programs?

“Nineteen other schools are looking at me and want me to play for them. I’m a Hokie, but I think I’ll check out a couple of other schools,” said Acree, who listed California, Georgia and LSU as programs he could possibly take official visits to next fall.

Elaborating on his commitment to Tech, Acree said, “I’m committed and I’m keeping that. I’m happy to go there, but I can still take visits and have a free chance to check out other places. I love Virginia Tech and I’m happy going there. I’m not trying to take back my commitment, but I have to make sure. And I do want to have official visit experiences as a senior and check out other schools.”

Acree has been to Blacksburg this fall and experience Tech’s home football atmosphere. He plans more visits this year and next.

“It was good. I liked it,” Acree said. “The atmosphere was good. There is something about being there…the people there are just live. It is an atmosphere you want to be in. I just want to check out other colleges, too.”

Acree is being recruited by Virginia Tech to play defensive tackle, the position he primarily plays for King William.

“I’m sticking to defense, but there are some rumors that when I get to Tech I would play on the O-line,” said Acree, who added that he read those rumors on internet message boards. “If they want me to play that, I will play that. Putting the hurt on somebody is the same on both sides of the ball (laughs). I do think they will put me on defense, though.”

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