The state of Florida is full of hidden gems, but with so many programs mining its fertile ground for talent, they don’t stay hidden very long. Osceola CB Carlos Becker is one of those under-the-radar talents that is starting to rise to the surface.
To date the 6-3 180-pounder has earned 11 offers, headlined by Boston College, Duke, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, and North Carolina State. After a breakout junior campaign he believes many more are on the horizon.
“I feel like I got a lot more shine this year,” said Becker. “I had a lot more opportunities to get on the field. I had 54 tackles, 14 PBUs, and three interceptions. We finished 13-2.”
His exceptional size at the corner position is driving much of the sudden interest. Michigan is among those now sniffing around. Should the Wolverines decide to turn up the heat he insists the interest would definitely be mutual.
“Of course I would visit Michigan,” he said. “I definitely would take a trip up there.”
At the moment his attention is aimed primarily at the programs that have already offered, and especially on the three that are currently sticking out on his list.
“I like Pitt, Kentucky, and NC State right now,” he said. “I like NC State because a linebacker that went to my school (Riley Nicholson) told me it’s very nice. Kentucky, I like the defense. The corners coach and the defensive coordinator… I was talking to them on the phone and they were pretty cool. At Pittsburgh the coaches are really interested in me. I’m going to go up to the junior day, so I’m going to see how it is up there.”
While those programs have an early leg up in the race for Becker’s services, it is a long way from being over. The rising Sunshine State prospect is intent on waiting to s what new suitors come to the table. He plans on taking his time to see which one best meets his criteria.
“I’ll be looking to see is (the team) like a family,” said Becker. “Are the coaches really close to players and stuff like that. Also, how long is it going to take me to get on the field? “