Gamecocks Chasing NC Lineman

New Hanover (Wilmington, NC) mammoth offensive lineman Nick Becton has only played organized football for one year, but with exceptional athleticism for a player his size and the raw physical tools to develop into a top flight lineman on the next level, several colleges around the southeast have taken notice of the Tar Heel State standout. Read inside for full story.

Becton, who measures in at an athletic 6'6" and 285 pounds, is one of the more intriguing offensive line prospects in America this recruiting year. While he isn't polished enough on the football field to come in and make an immediate impact on the college level, his fondness of basketball has helped him develop outstanding footwork and agility for a player his size. According to his high school coach, Kevin Motsinger, Becton has as much upside as any offensive line prospect in America.

"He's only played football for one year, so he's very raw," Motsinger told in an earlier interview. "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."

On the recruiting front, Becton now claims three scholarship offers, with his most recent tender coming from Coach Brad Lawing and the South Carolina Gamecocks. While he isn't too familiar with the USC program just yet, Becton said he is looking forward to attending their camp this summer to get a better feel for what all the Gamecocks have to offer.

"I got an offer from South Carolina about two weeks ago, " said Becton. "I don't know too much about them, but I went to see their spring game. I know they've got (Steve Spurrier) down there, and they've got a very good fan base. I'm interested in going to their camp this summer to learn more about them."

NC State and East Carolina round out Becton's list of offers, and the athletic lineman shared his thoughts on both in-state programs.

"I've been (to NC State) a couple times, and I really like the coaching staff. They're probably recruiting me the hardest right now. East Carolina, I don't know too much about their program. I went to their junior day, and I'll probably look at them a little bit more."

Becton, who is also receiving strong interest from major programs like Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Maryland, knows what factors he will look for when deciding on the school of his choice.

"I'll try to get to know the coaching staff and see how I fit in with them. Then I'll see if they need offensive linemen, so that's another thing."

According to Becton, he has not yet set a timeframe for a decision, but on top of his trip to Columbia this summer, he is also planning on attending camps at NC State, Virginia Tech, and Alabama. Becton holds a sterling 4.0 GPA in the classroom and projects as a full qualifier.

Caption: Nick Becton was one of the top offensive linemen in attendance at the Rockingham, NC Shrine Bowl combine in late March.

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