Dew Recalls UA All-American Bowl Experience

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First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) safety/linebacker Nick Dew ‘s showcased his skills against some of the nation’s best prospects last week, when he competed in the Under Armour All-American Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The 6-2, 192-pound senior, the lone Virginia Tech commit at the event, had a great experience.

“The whole trip exceeded my expectations. From the plane ride to meeting other recruits to playing against the best of the best to playing on national TV, it was all great,” Dew said. “My favorite part was playing in the game and coming down and hitting people.”

Dew’s strong performances in practice earned him a starting nod at free safety for the White team. He was also in the rotation at strong safety, but free safety is the position he played last Saturday. The White team fell 32-7, but Dew came away pleased by his performance throughout the week.

“I think I impressed with my fundamentals and being physical with the guys,” Dew said. “I played closer to the line in high school, so I’m used to being physical. I think I was more physical than they expected.”

Dew did wish he could have one play back from the game.

“I had a chance to pick of a pass from [Oscar Smith (Chesapeake) quarterback] Phillip Sims. It would have been a dream come true if I could’ve picked it off,” Dew said. “I saw it coming. I went up for it, but it just went off my fingertips.”

Dew turned in a good performance at free safety last week, but First Colonial head coach Bill McTyre admitted last month to liking his star’s talents at linebacker on the next level. Where might Dew start out playing at Virginia Tech?

“I’m getting a mix of half the Tech coaches saying Whip linebacker and the other half saying free safety,” Dew said. “Wherever I line up, I’ll do my best. I’m still learning both positions right now. I played close to the line in high school, but I realized last week the type of players and athletes I’ll go against on the college level. We’ll see.”

First Colonial’s 4-star prospect looks forward to Signing Day on February 3rd. He remains firm in the commitment he gave Virginia Tech in late September, although