Nick Halmon is becoming Bamberg-Ehrhardt’s designated stopper.
If a team likes to run, Halmon said the Red Raiders will use him down in the box. If a team likes to pass, he will be back in coverage. It’s a role that puts him around the ball, and the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior loves it.
It is turning out to be a good deal for the Red Raiders (5-1, 0-1) as well, as they head into tonight’s game at Calhoun County (1-5, 0-1).
“Right now, I’m doing pretty good,” Halmon said. “I’m liking moving all around, playing linebacker, corner and safety.”
It is that versatility that has earned the two-time Elite 11 selection seven scholarship offers. On Aug. 7, he committed to Charlotte, but he said he is keeping his “eyes open.”
“I’m still hearing from Arizona, Arizona State and Kentucky,” he said.
His other offers are Alabama State, Charleston Southern, Vanderbilt, Western Carolina and Youngstown State. Halmon said all the schools are looking at him as a defensive back.
But that is in the future. Halmon missed the first two weeks of the season while rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn labrum.
“That just came from two years of tackling,” he said. “It started the end of my freshman year, and then (last year) we were in a practice and I went to tackle Demetrius (Odom) and he juked and it just felt like my arm went with him.”
Halmon said missing his team’s first two games was tough, but he said he is healthy and ready to close out his high school career in a strong way. The Red Raiders suffered their first loss of the year, 31-29, Friday against Silver Bluff. Halmon had eight tackles in the game.
“We are moving past that,” he said. “Hopefully, we will see them again.”
And, perhaps, unfortunately for Calhoun County, they’re next on the Red Raiders’ schedule. The game is usually an emotional one — B-E head coach Kevin Crosby said it’s the type of game you throw the records out the window in — but Halmon said his team is looking to rebound in a big-time way.
“We are prepared,” Halmon said. “We expect a pretty good game, but we are hoping to get a blowout.”