Louisville has landed a commitment from Highland Springs, Virginia standout Mekhi Becton. The 6’7″ 345lbs prospect is the 5th offensive lineman in the class of 2017 joining Cole Bentley, Ronald Rudd, Caleb Chandler, and Toryque Bateman.
Becton is rated a 4-star prospect by both Rivals (#195 overall) and ESPN while being rated a 3-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports. Becton chose the Cards despite offers from schools such as Virginia Tech, Michigan, Oregon, Michigan State, Georgia, USC, and West Virginia.
Here is the evaluation done on Becton by Dave Lackford and I.
Dave’s Evaluation: Becton is the type of person who can scratch his knee without bending or even dipping his shoulder. That means he has long arms. Long arms are essential to being an elite tackle. I checked that box right from the jump, if you don’t believe me just look at him in his stance. I honestly cut his film off at 2:24 because I had seen enough. On the last play I watched, the offense throws a screen pass from the opponents 35. Becton blocks down on what appears to be a DT in a three-technique (lined up on the outside shoulder of the guard) shoves him down and pops back up to take on the linebacker who freezes. His quarterback completes the pass and the receiver gets stood up near the goal line. After a scrum develops, Becton appears on screen 35 yards downfield, shoves the pile, and pushed his receiver into the end zone for a touchdown. Becton is a dog with a motor, solid technique, strength, fluid movement, and good awareness. If Louisville can land Becton he may very well be the jewel of this class.
Chris’ Evaluation: Mekhi Becton is about as big as offensive lineman come. He is dominant, aggressive, and relentless. One thing I like most about his game is that he does not stop until the whistle blows. This shows a personality that can make an offensive lineman very intimidating. Becton is the epitome of an offensive lineman from a physical standpoint. It’s obvious on film that he is much bigger and stronger than any of his competition, therefore giving him an immediate advantage. Another aspect that stands out to me about Becton is the length of his arms which is a HUGE asset for offensive tackles to possess. When he gets to college he will likely go through a period most offensive lineman go through, converting extra weight to lean muscle and adding strength while polishing up technique. After he does this Becton should become a force on the offensive line, which is why he is so highly sought after.
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