Despite suffering a season ending knee injury before the start of the regular season, 6-6, 310-pound Nick Acree decided to stay at Fork Union Military Academy to focus on his academics. Fork Union prep coach Micky Sullivan provided the latest on the massive senior, who committed to Tech in June of 2008.
“He’s here, going to school and rehabbing his leg,” Sullivan said.
“He seems to be doing very well. If you saw him walking around, you’d never know anything was wrong. He does his rehab every day. He is lifting some. He is getting better all the time. The knee brace is off. I don’t see him having any residual effects.
“[Academically] he is doing pretty well. We’ll know a little bit better soon. His first class ends on Friday.”
Acree decided to transfer to Fork Union for reasons on and off the field, which is why the injury didn’t deter him from enrolling at the military school.
“When he came and first started this process, we talked about academics. I said there is no way any of us know what is going to happen,” Sullivan said. “I told him he can’t come in here and tie everything to football. You have to have another reason for being here. We talked and I also talked to his dad when he got injured, and he still wanted to come to Fork Union and work on his grades.”
Academically, Acree is close to where he needs to be to qualify GPA-wise.
“He’s right there,” Sullivan said. “I don’t think he has taken the test yet. Academically, he is right there. We’ll see what has to be done after he takes the test.
Known for his outstanding strength, Acree, who has the look of a college football player right now, has been able to show off his skills in the weight room despite the injury.
“I would’ve liked to dress him just once,” Sullivan said. “Just to see the look on the other team when he stepped off the bus.”
Mark Shuman update…
Coach Sullivan provided the latest on another Tech recruit, 6-6, 300-pound senior offensive tackle Mark Shuman.
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