NC State held their second preseason scrimmage this past Sunday and several prospects for the class of 2008 were on hand to watch the Pack work out.
Reggie Bowens and Tony Morgan made the short trip from Garner to Raleigh while NC State commitments T.J. Graham from Wakefield and Tobias Palmer from Northwood were also in attendance. New Hanover Offenisve lineman Nick Becton had a slightly longer drive- making the two hour trip from Wilmington to watch the Wolfpack and he gave Pack Pride the latest on his recruiting.
"I came up to check out NC State," said Becton. "I know a couple of the players there, George Bryan and Jimmaul Simmons. I had a chance to talk to the coaches while I was up there and they were just letting me know that they want me to commit to them."
After picking up early scholarship offers from East Carolina and NC State, Becton's recruiting exploded over the summer as he attended several camps. Along the way he has since earned offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Alabama.
At one time it appeared Becton's recruiting may have ended over the summer. However, with so many schools joining the fray, he now plans to take several official visits before deciding on a future school. He is sure about one college that will definitely get one of his five allotted official visits.
"I'm not exactly sure right now on which schools will get my official visits," said Becton. "I know NC State will definitely get one but I'll have to wait to decide on the others."
Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 20 player in North Carolina by PackPride, Becton says "everyone's equal right now" and hasn't determined a favorite school or even a top five.
Becton saw his first action of the year this past Friday night in a scrimmage against Whiteville High School. Lining up primarily at right offensive guard, Becton looked stellar at times but the rising senior said he still feels like he has work to do.
"I thought I did okay," he said. "It was the first game of the year, and I felt I could have done a lot better."
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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