This fall, Highland Springs (Va.) three-star offensive tackle Mekhi Becton took just one official visit. Of course, he was a little busy.
Becton and his Springer teammates won their second straight VHSL Class 5A state championship Dec. 9 in a win over Stone Bridge (Va.). They finished 14-1 in the process.
Now, though, Becton said he’s ready to get even more serious about his recruitment. That includes an official visit Jan. 20 to Virginia Tech. And two weeks ago, Becton had a pair of in-home visits from Hokies coaches that put them even more in the forefront.
“It went really well,” he said. “We talked about the line, watched football and just really connected.”
One of those visits was from assistant coach Vance Vice, while one was from assistant coach Zohn Burden. Becton said he’s connected with both coaches, though and continues to do so.
“They’re great coaches,” he said. “I feel like they really look out for you and they really care. They want the best for you every time.”
The only official visit Becton took this fall was Nov. 5 to Michigan. Though he postponed an early visit to this trip, it still resonates with him for a few reasons.
“I liked it a lot,” Becton said. “I had a great time there. I met a few other players and I like the coaching staff. They like my size and my aggressiveness that I can bring to the offense. They’re in need for offensive tackles.”
The only other school Becton saw in-person during the fall was to nearby Virginia. He was on hand in October for the Cavaliers’ loss to Pittsburgh.
“It’s the same as Michigan,” Becton said. “I like the staff and the way the staff talks. It’s been the same and I like ‘em a lot.”
Becton said he’s still considering each of the schools in his top 10 he released Aug. 1. But he specifically mentioned Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State as the schools that have recruited him hardest.
And at this point, Becton said he believes he will make a decision either on Feb. 1, national signing day, or just before. He also hopes to use his remaining four official visits. Aside from the Hokies, though, he isn’t quite sure who he’ll see, as he continues to comb through each schools’ qualities.
“I’m looking for good academics, being able to play early,” Becton said. “That’s the main thing. I wanna major in sports management, too.”