First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) safety prospect Nick Dew didn’t believe it when he heard the news. Last week, the 6-2, 195-pound junior learned that he had been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game set for next January. Dew was cautious at first, but caution quickly turned to excitement.
“I thought the guy was joking when he called,” Dew said. “Then, I saw myself on the ESPN roster. I was like, ‘Oh my God.'”
East Carolina, Kentucky and Virginia Tech remain Dew’s three official offers, but new schools have entered the recruiting picture since the All-American selection.
“I got selected for the ESPN thing last Monday, but since then I’ve gotten handwritten letters from Maryland, Louisville, Syracuse, Purdue and Illinois,” Dew said.
A starter on the varsity level for two seasons, Dew’s work ethic and competitive spirit have helped with his development on the gridiron. He expects a big-time senior season in 2009.
“My freshman year, I was put on the varsity but I only played a couple of game and those were on special teams,” Dew said. “I told myself I would work harder. My sophomore year, I would wake up every Saturday morning during the season and work on drills with my mentor. I started at the safety position that year. My junior year, I ended up playing outside linebacker and then defensive end. I started at wide receiver. It was a nice transition from outside linebacker to defensive end because I’m so quick against the offensive tackles we face. I also have lanky arms, so I’m able to keep my distance.”
Kentucky is recruiting Dew to play strong safety and Virginia Tech likes him at the rover position, while ECU likes his talents as a wide receiver. To go along with impressive size, Dew also boasts terrific athleticism. He can run the 40 in under 4.5 seconds. He was the best runner on First Colonial’s indoor track team this year and currently leads the outdoor track team in points as well.
“Things are going good in track,” said Dew, who participates in the 110-meter hurdles, the 100 and the 200. He recently ran the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds. “I’m looking to get MVP for our track team. We are predicted to win districts and we are living up to expectations so far.”
A Virginia Tech fan growing up, Dew certainly is high...
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