Early playing time is one of the most important things a school can offer to a football player who believes he can handle the grind. Carlos Becker has that kind of confidence and he sees an opening at NC State.
After visiting NC State a couple of weekends ago Becker is more sure than ever that there’s opportunity in Raleigh. He’s been talking to the coaches from time to time but nothing is quite like a visit. Becker (6-3, 180) was not unfamiliar with his surroundings when he visited this weekend. He had been to NC State before. That first visit was for a Junior Day. There were a lot of other visitors that day.
This trip was more about giving Becker more individual attention. It was not a trip that he arranged for himself but he is glad that he decided to “tag along.”
“My coach wanted to see what’s going on up there so I just tagged along. I liked it a lot. Mostly I liked the DBs coach. I liked him a lot. I liked that of their DBs now a lot of them are going to leave so I would have a great chance of starting if I go there.”
Defensive backs coach George Barlow did a lot of the talking when Becker visited this time. That was a little new to Becker because he has been most in touch with defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable. Barlow gave Becker the kind of information he needed to see that talk of playing time at NC State is not just talk. He saw the numbers, the class graduation years of the players, and how players are performing.
There is another reason Becker was happy to visit.
“I met a couple of the players. Riley Nicholson played linebacker for us. I know him pretty well. He played with me for a couple of years. He was just an early enrollee up there. I know he loves it.”
Nicholson has given Becker his space. Sometimes former teammates can put positive peer pressure on their younger counterparts. Nicholson’s best service to NC State in their efforts to win Becker over might be the positive review he gave the school when Becker visited for the weekend. He has kept a respectable distance when it comes to where he thinks Becker should go to school for himself.
Like so many other players that have visited NC State this year Becker liked the living arrangements set up for the players. They are more spacious and comfortable than most dorms a player finds at other schools.
On April 1st Becker was offered by Wisconsin as was his friend Henry Miller. Both players have offers from NC State. Last month Becker ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.66 seconds. Becker is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 38 safety in the nation by Scout.com.