Last week, Kissimmee (Fla.) Osceola defensive back Carlos Becker made a statement. He went to the Under Armour All-America game and balled. While people had questioned what position the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder should play, he had no doubts.
Becker displayed his potential as a shutdown cornerback. He showed he could be physical, but also stay low and flip his hips in his backpedal. And he showed that he had been underrated.
Becker earned a fourth star and moved all the way up to No. 140 in the 2016 Scout 300. After having been the No. 36-ranked safety before the Under Armour event, Becker was reclassified as a cornerback and moved up to the nation’s 13th best corner.
But Becker didn’t just catch the eye of our Scout analysts. He also captured the attention of several new schools. While he has already taken official visits to North Carolina State and Wisconsin and has visits planned to Florida State, Ohio State and Ole Miss, Becker earned new scholarship offers from Clemson, Georgia and USC.
When Becker talked to USC head coach Clay Helton and was offered a scholarship, he was surprised.
“It was cool. I never thought I’d get a school from California, so I mean I was happy about it.”
Becker said he’s still looking at four or five schools and with the three visits already planned, he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to make it to USC, but he’s looking into the possibility.
“I’m trying, but I don’t really know,” Becker said. “They’re a good program. They’re in California. I do want to see more into them.”
Two things that have caught Becker’s attention about the Trojans is that they offered him as a cornerback while others have still eyed him as a safety and they also have shown a recent track history of playing freshmen and sophomores.