Hokies Score Another Tar Heel State Star

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New Hanover (Wilmington, N.C.) defensive tackle/offensive lineman Nick Becton has made a college choice, a choice that certainly comes as welcome news for Virginia Tech’s coaching staff. Earlier today, the 6-6, 290-pound recruit verbally committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Alabama, Maryland, N.C. State, Penn State and South Carolina.

Becton made official visits to N.C. State and Virginia Tech before coming to this decision.

“I committed to Virginia Tech,” said a relieved and excited Becton, whose primary recruiter from Tech is Charley Wiles. “I called the coaches today around noon and told them. They seemed real excited. They said they look forward to having me there.”

In total, Becton made three visits to Virginia Tech’s campus. He attended football camp in July, the home football game against Miami, and he made an official visit last weekend. He enjoyed all three experiences, but the final trip really put Virginia Tech over the top.

“During my official visit, when I first got up there, it felt like I place where I could really fit in,” Becton said. “The coaches felt right. I talked to the players and got to know them. I started thinking about committing then. I let it sit for a week and it still felt right.”

A raw talent who has only played two seasons of high school football, Becton, who is currently playing on the varsity basketball squad, combines great size with good athleticism. A promising senior season performance helped to earn him a spot in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl, which was played yesterday in Spartanburg, South Carolina (the South squad captured a 31-24 victory).

According to Becton, the Virginia Tech coaches told him that he will start out at defensive tackle. He becomes the fifth prospect out of the state of North Carolina to commit to Tech’s 2008 class, joining Butler (Matthews) standout WR Jarrett Boykin, Butler standout CB Eddie Whitley, Northeast Guilford (McLeansville) OL Michael Via and Westover (Fayetteville) CB Lorenzo Williams.