New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.) offensive tackle/defensive tackle Nick Becton remains quiet in terms of naming any favorite schools, but he has been on a few unofficial visits this month. The 6-6, 290-pound prospect remains a hot commodity for Division 1A programs including Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, among others.
East Carolina and N.C. State are the two programs Becton has visited unofficially this month. N.C. State has been in the mix for quite some time and the talented senior has a good feel for the program at this point.
"I've talked to the coaches. I really like the coaching staff and they need offensive linemen," Becton said.
Virginia Tech, led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, has been in consistent contact this month. Becton, who was offered by the Tech coaches at the July 14th camp, is being recruited by the Hokies as an offensive tackle or defensive tackle.
"Coach Wiles called me this week and I talked to him last week," Becton said. "He just calls to see how I'm doing and that kind of stuff."
Tech is still being seriously considered, but the key now is getting Becton back on campus for a game.
"I'm still considering them," Becton said of the Hokies. "When I visited there, I got to tour the stadium and I really liked the campus. I'm going to try to go for a game."
As stated above, Becton remains quiet in terms of naming favorites. He does not have a decision timetable and is not sure if or when he will make official visits.
"Whenever I feel comfortable, I'll make a decision," Becton said.
New Hanover is 1-3 on the season, but Becton feels the team could be undefeated. He has played well on both sides of the ball.
"I think I'm doing pretty good right now," said Becton, who is in only his second season playing high school football. "There are a couple of areas I still need to work on. I'm working on staying low."
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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