Bamberg South Carolina has become a hotbed or mecca in many ways for college football coaches over the last decade. Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School has produced an illustrious group of prospects over that time and the small town continues to thrive as a destination for those college recruiters. In the 2012 class guys like David Deleon and Martin Aiken carry to torch as big timers with multiple offers from schools across the country. Their 2013 class already has a prospect who appears set to continue that trend in safety Nicholas Halmon. Halmon is the latest player to be featured in SCPrepNation.com's "UP NEXT" series.
The 5'10 175 pound Halmon lined up as a linebacker for the Red Raiders last season and amassed an impressive stat line with 131 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, and 5 sacks. Scout.com and college coaches see him moving to safety on the next level barring a tremendous growth spurt though and we caught up with Halmon to talk about where things stand currently regarding his recruitment.
As we mentioned previously the college coaches continue to flock to Bamberg and many of those coaches are already taking a look at Halmon he says and one school may be close to offering him.
"Currently I'm hearing from Tennessee, Florida State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Miami of Ohio, Marshall, Auburn, Clemson, and some others. Out of those schools I would say Virginia Tech is probably recruiting me the hardest, I was suppose to get an offer from them soon."
The 2013 prospect has already taken a visit with his teammates and coaches and he gave us the details of that trip.
"I have only visited Auburn so far. It was a great visit. I saw how they work their practices. I really like their intensity. They practice very hard, have good facilities, and a very nice weight room. I also really like their nice academic center, that helps you out a lot being a student-athlete."
Halmon is uncertain of any upcoming visits but he informed us that most schools are indeed recruiting him at the safety position we are projecting him at.
Knowing that information Halmon says he'll key in on honing some of his skills in an effort to prepare for the position change.
"My speed and and awareness are my biggest strengths right now but I want to improve on my man on man coverage abilities."
Halmon's sophomore season was a tremendous success and he talked about his most memorable game last year.
"My best game last year I can remember by far was the Barnwell game. I had 15 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. It was so memorable because it seemed like I didn't make any mistakes that game."
The Red Raiders and Halmon made it to the 1A state title game falling to eventual state champions Abbeville. It was there that Halmon says he saw his toughest opponent all season.
"The toughest player I went up against last year was Quay Watt from Abbeville. He was pretty big and ran the ball like every play."
After enjoying such a successful season and coming up short in the state championship game Halmon says he and the Red Raiders' goal for next season is to win the state championship and "to do my job for the team on the field."
Asked if he's already set any personal goals for next year Halmon says he wants to make the change to the defensive backfield by making at least 5 interceptions. With 2 years remaining Halmon has time to get acclimated with the new position and should be able to made the transition pretty smoothly.
The 2013 prospect says he'll look at some factors heavily when choosing a school.
"My main factors are academics because they need to have my major, the location, and the family atmosphere the school provides. I don't really have a preference between the ACC or SEC or anything like that so I'm open to anybody."
Halmon says although his Signing Day is almost 2 years from now that it's his current intention to sign on National Signing Day.
We'll have more updates with Nicholas Halmon and other top prospects here in the Palmetto State so keep it locked right here with SCPrepNation.com!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...NICHOLAS HALMON
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 375 pounds
Power clean: 230 pounds
40 time: 4.57 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.24 seconds
FUN FACTS WITH...NICHOLAS HALMON
Favorite food: steak or pizza
Favorite school subject: Science
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite music artist: Wiz Khalifa
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: chill with my friends and watch college football
Dream school: Clemson or Virginia Tech
One thing that would surprise most people: Most people don't know that I play golf