WILMINGTON, N.C.- New Hanover High boasts four potential Division I-A prospects for the Class of 2008, including offensive tackle Nick Becton, who has great upside and potential.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Becton has only played football for one year. The basketball player has an excellent frame, long arms and good feet.
"He's an athlete," Hoggard head coach Kevin Motsinger said. "He's played basketball all of his life and just came to football last year. He's an athlete."
Becton has already received a scholarship offer from East Carolina. Clemson, Virginia and North Carolina State also are big factors. Becton hopes to make unofficial visits to all of these schools in the near future.
Cornerback Darryl Pulliam had five interceptions during his junior season. The 5-foot-11, 172-pounder also showed his coverage skills during New Hanover's narrow 14-13 loss to Conway (S.C.) during the season when he held Michigan-bound receiver Junior Hemingway in check most of the night (Hemingway did prove to be the difference in the game with a 65-yard punt return with time running out in the first half).
Pulliam has interest in Clemson, Marshall, Michigan State, North Carolina and Auburn.
Becton isn't the only lineman that has a chance to move on to the Division I-A level. C.J. Brown has excellent size at 6-5, 290. He projects as an offensive guard at the next level.
Currently, N.C. State, Virginia, North Carolina and East Carolina are the teams in the mix for Brown.
Defensive end Nigel Holliday has long arms and passes the eyeball test for a prospect at his position.
"I am a pass rusher," he said. "I love to rush the passer. That's what I do."
Holliday, who has been hand-timed as fast as 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, played with a leg injury his junior season which limited his production (he only had two sacks), but he expects to return to full strength in 2007.
Clemson and North Carolina are the two schools that Holliday currently has his eye on.