Pack Pride was in Wilmington, NC this past Friday evening to scout New Hanover three-star OL Nick Becton. Playing two, 12-minute quarters against Whiteville High School, Becton displayed the potential that has earned him scholarship offers from NC State, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Alabama and East Carolina.
Lining up at right guard, Becton was easily the most impressive physical specimen Pack Pride observed out of more than 400 athletes that were on hand for the event. He towered above his counterparts and gave the appearance of a college player already.
With his height and long arms, Becton has the prototypical frame for an offensive tackle. His wide base and reach will make him extremely difficult to get around once he makes the transition to offensive tackle in college.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Becton's game in this early stage of his career is his athleticism and foot work. He has exceptional foot speed for his size and appeared the be most comfortable in the run game when he was pulling. When he was able to lock on to a defender it was basically no contest due to Becton's superior strength and size.
Although New Hanover didn't pass the ball frequently, Becton did well in pass protection on the few occasions that a pass play was called . Again, because of his wing span, no defender was able to get around him. Becton did a good job of keeping his feet moving and staying between the defender and the QB.
At this point, the key word for Becton is potential and he has a world of it. The fact that he is so raw (this will be just his second year of football) may actually be a positive in that he hasn't picked up a lot of bad habits yet.
At times Becton tended to get lost on running plays and would miss assignments. He will also need to get nastier and take advantage of his superior size and strength but that will come with time and coaching. Like most high school linemen, his pad level was too high at times and because of his height, that can put him at a severe disadvantage when playing against defensive lineman nearly a foot shorter than he is.
However, despite his limited experience at the position currently, Becton has every physical tool needed to develop into a high-caliber lineman on the next level. With coaching and time he has the potential to mature into a dominant tackle on the next level.
On the recruiting front, Becton claims to be open among all of the schools that have offered. He will likely take several official visits before deciding on a future school.