2008 Focus: Nick Becton

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A key reserve on New Hanover's state-ranked basketball team, Nick Becton grew up choosing to play on the hardwood. When he grew to a stout 6-foot-7 and 285-pounds, he started to hear the comments that he should take up football, and he did just that in 2006.

A key reserve on New Hanover's state-ranked basketball team, Nick Becton grew up choosing to play on the hardwood. When he grew to a stout 6-foot-7 and 285-pounds, he started to hear the comments that he should take up football, and he did just that in 2006.

"I always thought that playing football would get me more interest from colleges," said Becton. "I played basketball, and I got some interest from that, but the coaches thought I would be better in football so I went out for it. I want to play a sport in college."

In his first season ever playing football, Becton rotated between left and right tackle for the Wildcats. He also received some playing time at defensive tackle, but his future will be on the offensive side of the ball according to New Hanover head coach Kevin Motsinger.

"He's only played football for one year, so he's very raw," said Motsinger. "On film when you see him, fundamentally and technically he's not very good. But you take any kid in America that has played just one year of football and they will be that way. However, he has the potential to be a D'Brickashaw Ferguson."

An all-conference selection as a junior, Becton stated that NC State signee George Bryan played a major role in him choosing to even play football.

"George had been telling me for a couple of years to come out and play... a lot of my other friends too so I finally did," said Becton. "It's fun playing with George because I know how good he is. He pushes me in practice to work harder. It's good because I have someone my size to go up against everyday."

Becton has received interest from a host of programs, but he is still waiting on his first offer. Clemson, Virginia, and NC State have expressed the most interest, and each have extended Junior Day invites. Does Becton have a favorite?

"I don't really have one," he said. "I think I will wait a while. I want to look at all the schools first. It would be nice to stay close to home. That way my family and relatives could come watch me play. I don't think they would care if I left the state, but not too far.

"I'm looking to get a good education and for a college with a good athletic program."

Academics will play a major factor in Becton's decision, as he has a 4.9 GPA and is one of the top students at New Hanover.

Motsinger believes that with his grades and upside, Becton is a special college prospect.

"He's 6'7, 284 pounds, and he's very athletic," said Motsinger. "He's been a basketball player all of his life, and when you see him run the floor you see he has unbelievable feet. He has a long wingspan... he's the real deal.

"I've been a lot of places and I've seen a lot of kids, and he is raw, but athletically he has got to be one of the most, potential-wise, talented kids in the southeast."


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