Leaders emerge for three-star safety

Nick Dew, a 6'2, 180-pound safety, has collected over a dozen scholarship offers, including one from Louisville. The Scout.com three-star prospect remains open, but tells InsideTheVille.com that five teams have emerged from the pack. Where do the Cardinals stack up for the Virginia Beach prospect?

Nick Dew, a Scout.com three-star safety prospect, has been one of the hottest recruiting targets this off season. The 6'2, 180-pound athlete, who lined up at defensive end and wide receiver at First Colonial (VA) High School, has seen his stock rise more than anticipated.

"I'm very surprised," Dew said. "I don't feel like I deserve all of this. I know that I haven't reached my full potential, so I'm going to go out this year, play with a chip on my shoulder and earn what I've got."

What he has is a growing collection of impressive scholarship offers. Among those that have extended offers are Arkansas, East Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Purdue, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

"I feel like Michigan State could be the next and I just sent something to UCLA, so we'll see."

Despite not grabbing the attention of those that vote for post-season honors, Dew's abilities quickly caught the eyes of numerous college coaches.

"They tell me that I'm very explosive and I'm quick to the ball," he said. "I have the speed to play outside linebacker or safety. I'm also a player that will sacrifice his body for the better of the team."

With his scholarship offer list getting longer by the month, Dew explains that he remains open to all options.

"I'm really trying to keep things open right now," he said. "I do have a top five right now, but everything is still open. Right now I have Virginia Tech at the top, then Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Purdue are tied at fourth, and then Kentucky. Those are the one's that I've really had the time research and so far I've liked what I've seen."

Selected to play in the Under Armor All-American game following his senior year, Dew hopes to continue to impress and hold on until then before making a college decision.

"I've talked to my parents and coaches and they all tell me the same thing, that it's my decision and it'll be a place where I'll spend four years," he said. "It's always been a dream to announce it at the All-American game, so I'm hoping to do that, but you never know."


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