OL Nick Becton from New Hanover High School in Wilmington is one of the top, remaining uncommitted prospects from the state of North Carolina. He also comes at a position of need for NC State in particular as the Wolfpack coaching staff has made the offensive line a huge priority for the class of 2008.
At 6-6, 290 pounds and boasting 5.24-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Becton has a rare blend of size, quickness and athleticism. Although raw, Becton has a world of upside and as a result, has landed scholarship offers from NC State, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Penn State among others.
The Wolfpack has been among the leaders for Becton's signature all year and this past weekend they had the opportunity to host the three-star prospect on an official visit. While he's made several unofficial trips to see State in the past, Becton was able to clarify where the Wolfpack coaches plan to line him up as well as the overall atmosphere among the NC State players.
"I think the main thing is I found out that they plan to play me at left tackle," said Becton. "At least I guess they're going to put me at left tackle but I know I'll be at tackle. I got to hang out with the players at the dorms and that was nice.
"I would feel comfortable going to college at State because I think they treat the players really well and from what I heard, all the players like it there."
Becton add that the coaching staff and his familiarity with a couple of current Pack players also weighs in the Pack's favor.
"I really like the coaching staff," said Becton. "I know a couple of kids that go there (TE George Bryan and S Jimmaul Simmons) and I've always felt comfortable with them but I just want to finish with the process and look at the other schools."
Two of the schools remaining on his list, South Carolina and Virginia Tech have presented the option of playing defense in college. Those two schools along with a couple of traditional powerhouses make up the rest of Becton's official visit schedule.
"I've got Virginia Tech this weekend coming up and after that I've got Penn State, Alabama and South Carolina."
Becton denied having any favorites and said he isn't sure on a timetable for a decision just yet.
He was hosted on his official visit at NC State by TE George Bryan.
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 -