First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) safety/linebacker prospect Nick Dew is happy to be back on the gridiron, practicing with his teammates for the 2009 season. Being out on the field is not only fun for the 6-2, 195-pound rising senior, but it’s also a nice break from the sometimes stressful recruiting process.
First and foremost, Dew is excited to be out there alongside his teammates. And he feels good things could be in store.
“I think we’re confident in all aspects,” Dew said. “We’re still tweaking some things, but overall I think we’re a pretty solid team. I think we’re a force to be reckoned with this year.”
The Patriots, which take on Landstown in the regular season opener, saw their first game action last week in a scrimmage against First Flight High School (North Carolina). Dew had a big game, especially on the offensive side of the ball, where he figures to get many more touches this season.
“Me and Willie Burns ran for 150 yards apiece, I think,” Dew said. “I think I had 170 yards on the grounds and maybe 113 yards receiving. I think we looked good.”
Dew will be called upon as an important performer on offense, but most college coaches are projecting him to play on the defensive side of the ball. The main exception right now is Purdue, whose coaches are recruiting the speedy prospect as a wide receiver.
“I’m playing more of a strong safety/linebacker position this year,” said Dew, who played defensive end last season as a junior after playing safety as a sophomore. “I’m roaming the field and breaking on the ball. I feel a whole lot quicker this year. I think I can actually break on the ball better and get the right angle on tackles.”
On the recruiting front, the Under Armour All-American selection continues to list Virginia Tech, his childhood favorite, as his favorite. Virginia has made up some ground this summer, though, and currently sits in Dew’s top three.
“I’m still sitting at the same place. Virginia Tech is one, UVa is two and West Virginia is three,” Dew said. “Recruiting is something I’m trying not to think about, but I know it’s something that has to be done.”
With respect to Virginia, Dew said, “I haven’t really made a visit up there, but I’ve been keeping in...
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