LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Carlos Becker has more schools than he can count after him. The Scout three-star safety has an offer list that continues to grow, but he's narrowed down his interest to around six schools, including Tennessee.
While Becker, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound versatile playmaker from Florida, has visited Knoxville before and enjoyed his experience, he's hoping to hear more from recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie in the coming weeks.
"When I went up there, I liked it a lot. They just stopped recruiting me. I guess their spot was filled or something," Becker told InsideTennessee. "He stopped talking to me for a while, then hit me back up. He asked me if I was still interested. I don't remember what I said to him, but they started recruiting me again."
The Osceloa High School star still has interest in Tennessee, along with Ole Miss, N.C. State, Ohio State, Florida State and Miami. Becker plans on taking an official visit Tallahassee Jan. 15-16 and plans to head to Ole Miss Jan. 29-31, a pivotal weekend for Tennessee when some of the most coveted Vol targerts are heading to Knoxville.
Tennessee's coaching staff wants Becker to join highly recruited targets like Scout five-star defensive tackle Derrick Brown and four-star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano that weekend, but right now, it doesn't look like that will be able to happen.
"They're trying to, but they came late," Becker said. "I already had all my officials set, so I told them it would be hard for me to drop an official."
Despite not visiting on that last weekend, there's still a possibility the class of 2016 product will be able to take an unofficial visit to Tennessee at some point before National Signing Day Feb. 3. The Vols haven't signed a safety in their upcoming class, and Becker would be a versatile athlete who can play both safety positions and cornerback at the next level.
"He can really sink his hips and move," Florida recruiting analyst Corey Bender told IT. "Most guys kind of can't sink their hips at 6-foot-3 and be fluid. He can really flip his hips and really break down in a stance pretty easy for a kid who's 6-foot-3. He's kind of a late bloomer. He's kind of young, so I think he's definitely going to get better."
Bender believes Becker's skill set lends itself to free safety, where he can act like a ball hawk who also helps stop the run and appreciates the physicality of the game.
"He plays physical, too. He's a guy who does a good job of reading and reacting. He's supposed to get run support. He's a guy who can dive in those plays pretty quickly, and he attacks when he sees it. I've seen times when he's hit-sticked kids on their backs, and that's what makes you think he could almost play some strong safety, but I think he's more of a free (safety) because he can make plays on the ball."
Along with the Vols, Becker told InsideTennessee he may also make an unofficial trip to Miami before he makes his decision, but right now it sounds like his recruitment is wide open.
"I just want to feel comfortable in the environment," Becker said. "I want a place where I can grow into the best player and be the best young man that I can be."