Nick Acree made his presence felt at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine earlier this month, performing well and earning first-team all-combine as a defensive lineman. The 6-6, 300-pound Acree impressed in several phases, including one-on-ones and the shuttle, but decided not to show off his weightlifting prowess after pulling a shoulder out of place two days before the combine.
“It was great,” Acree said of his combine experience, in which he turned in a 4.7-second shuttle time. “They saw what I did in one-on-one drills and made first-team all-defensive line at the combine. I’m also a 5-star prospect on Rivals and a 4-star on Scout. I was a little disappointed about the Scout ranking, but that’s cool…I’ll have to show them what I can do. I was happy to know that I’m also one of Rivals’ 250 players to watch in the 2010 class.”
Acree kept busy on the day of one-on-one drills. Overall, he was pleased with his performance against other top juniors from around the country.
“I was doing really well in the beginning, but then other guys had better success against me towards the end,” Acree said. “Other guys did better at the end because I went like 20 times, so everyone saw my moves early on. Everybody was challenging me. I did get stopped a few times, but it is something I’ll have to adjust to.
“I was able to learn things I need at the combine, so it did help me. I know I need to work on my hands, my speed and to get a little quicker. I was impressed with Big [Oscar Smith (Chesapeake DL) Evan] Hailes. For his size, and he is about 6-1 and 300-something, he moves like a cat. He is real solid. I was asking him how he beat some of the guys who beat me and he said to use my hands more. That’s something I’ll definitely work on.”
At King William (VA) this past season, Acree, a starting defensive tackle, led the team to a playoff appearance. It will be his final year at King William, though, as he plans to transfer to...
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