Name: Nick Becton
Hometown: Wilmington, North Carolina
High School: New Hanover High School
Position: Offensive Lineman
Notes: A massive offensive tackle prospect, Becton has played just one year of high school football as he enters the 2007 season. However, he has all the tools to be a quality lineman on the next level.
Becton, who received major minutes for his state-championship basketball team, has great footwork and agility. An all-conference selection in 2006 he will be playing right guard and some defensive tackle for the Wildcats in 2007.
After attending various camps and combines, Becton has secured scholarship offers from NC State, South Carolina, East Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Alabama. Currently he has stated that NC State and Alabama are recruiting him the hardest, but he remains wide open with his recruitment.
Sporting a 4.0+ GPA, he is also fully qualified academically.
Coach Quote: "He's only played football for one year, so he's very raw. 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.
"He's 6'7, 284 pounds, and he's very athletic. 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." -- Wilmington (NC) New Hanover head coach Kevin Motsinger
Scouting Report: "At 6-6, 290 pounds, New Hanover OL Nick Becton towers over the field and, physically, is exactly what college scouts are looking for in an offensive tackle. His long frame and tremendous wingspan make it nearly impossible for opposing to defenders to get around. Becton has good initial quickness and pulls well on running plays. Because of his superior size and strength, he consistently dominates smaller players on the high school level.
"While he has the physical tools, Becton continues to learn the technical aspects of playing offensive line. He sometimes misses assignments and will have to learn to play with his pads lower but those issues are easily correctable. Becton will also need to become more aggressive and that should happen as he gets more comfortable with playing the position.
"The bottom line with Becton is potential. As he matures and becomes more experienced, he has everything a player needs to become a stellar college offensive lineman." --Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
Sr. Film: OT #76 Nick Becton - Video 1 -
Sr. Film: OT #76 Nick Becton - Video 2 -
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