Location is a Factor for Becton

Wilmington (NC) New Hanover offensive lineman Nick Becton would like to attend a college close to home, and that could be good news for East Carolina.

Offensive lineman Nick Becton would like to attend a college close to home, and that could be good news for East Carolina.

The 6-6, 290-pound offensive tackle from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C. has only played football for one year and has a lot of untapped potential.

"I started playing football last year so I think I have a lot of room for improvement," said Becton. "I have good footwork and athletic ability. I played basketball before last year, so I think that has helped me out a lot. My friends played football and they just talked me into starting. It's been good so far."

Becton has offers from East Carolina and NC State. He's also hearing a lot from schools like South Carolina, Alabama, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

"I've already camped at South Carolina and Wake Forest, and both of those went well. I'm still going to go to Alabama and NC State before the summer is over. I think I'm going to Virginia Tech too. I don't have any favorites right now. It might be a while before I make a decision."

What does he think of the Pirates?

"I'm definitely interested in ECU," he said. "It's pretty close to home, which is a good thing. I've talked to the coaches a little bit so I know what they're all about. They have a good football program. We'll see what happens. They're recruiting me pretty hard, but I think NC State and South Carolina are probably recruiting me the hardest."

Becton was named to the all-conference team in his first year of organized football last season.


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