Becton Talks The Latest

Since the spring, New Hanover (Wilmington, NC) 3-star offensive lineman Nick Becton has gone from a sleeper prospect to being considered one of the top line targets in the Tar Heel State's class of 2008. Where do the Gamecocks stand now with this athletic trench warrior? Read inside to find out.

The 6'6", 290 pound Becton held offers from South Carolina, NC State, Maryland and East Carolina back in the spring, but after impressing at a pair of summer camps, Becton has added two more major offers to his list.

"I‘m up to six offers," said Becton. "Virginia Tech and Alabama offered me at their camps."

Becton had previously named USC and NC State as his top two schools, but with the increased attention of late, he's decided to back off that stance and turn his attention more toward his upcoming senior season.

"I don't have any favorites right now. I'm focusing on my senior season. I‘m putting recruiting on the backburner and getting focused."

While the Gamecocks are no longer at the top of his list, Becton still holds a positive impression of what South Carolina has to offer.

"They're an up and coming program. I like their coaching staff and the campus. I like them a lot. I went to their camp over the summer, and it was very good. I got to work with their offensive line coach (John Hunt), and I feel like I got better on fundamentals and stuff."

The Tar Heel State standout is unsure of a timeframe for a decision, but he does plan on taking his official visits before deciding on his college choice.

"I'm going to try to take all my official visits. I don't know which ones I'm going to go to yet, but I want to take all five."

Becton, who is being recruited by Coach Brad Lawing for the Gamecocks, said he will look for several factors when ultimately picking his college destination.

"I'm going to look at everything. The coaches, campus, academics and all that stuff."

After only playing one year of high school football, Becton is still very raw, but he is looking forward to improving his fundamentals this season and using much of what he learned at his summer camp stops to help him on game days.

"I'm trying to get better every game and just improve a lot. That's what I'm trying to do. I‘ve gotten a lot more comfortable playing and learned more fundamentals over the summer, so I think I‘ll be a lot better this year."

Becton, who holds over a 4.0 core GPA, said that NC State and Alabama are currently recruiting him the hardest.

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