Nick Dew ‘s athleticism and versatility enabled First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) head coach Bill McTyre to play the 6-2, 190-pound prospect at a variety of positions. A 3-year starter on the varsity level, Dew saw action at defensive end, linebacker, safety and running back. He projects to play defense at Virginia Tech, but the exact position appears to be in question at this point.
“I was talking with the Tech coaches and they love Nick’s versatility,” said McTyre, whose team went 5-5 in 2009. “Apparently they’ve been playfully arguing about where he best fits in. I’m hoping they let him use his athleticism and aggressiveness more closely to the line of scrimmage. Some see him as a safety. I think you take a special package like he has and play him closer to the line. Nick has a great sense for the ball. Coach Newsome was talking about how they use Cody Grimm. He likes Nick in a role like that.”
Potential positions for Dew at Tech include Whip linebacker, rover or free safety.
“They’ve mentioned all three,” McTyre said. “I think it depends on which coach you ask on which day. That’s what Curt says is going on. Nick is playing in the Under Armour All-American game in Florida and he’ll be playing safety. He has played as a safety here and I could see people liking his ability there. I hope he has a chance to shine there.”
Dew, who tallied eight sacks as a senior, was named to the 2009 Beach district first-team on defense.
“The mental side of Nick’s development was impressive. He knew coming in that people would know who he was. He went against double and triple teams. He did that and still played amazingly well. He has always been a big-play guy and he continued to be. He raised his level this season,” said McTyre, who primarily played Dew at “open-side defensive end, a position that really had all the characteristics of an outside backer.”
Very high about Dew’s potential on the next level, McTyre discussed the areas in which the talented prospect will have to adjust.
“In high school, we got away with playing him right on the line of scrimmage. He’ll have to play off the ball a little bit more in...
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