The offer count has now reached 20 for Lincoln-Way West (IL) offensive tackle Justin Witt, and there are no signs of interest slowing.
Witt, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound tackle, has added a handful of offers in the last week from the likes of Rutgers, Connecticut and Kentucky to add to his already long list of offers from Iowa State, Syracuse, California and NC State among others.
“I’m going to talk with my dad about [a timeline], because he wants me to be close to home and I think it would be nice,” Witt told AllCyclones.com. “I’ve got to start with schools that have offered me that are within two states. Hopefully I can get Big Ten and Big 12 offers so I can stay in this area.”
Witt currently holds one offer between the two conferences in Iowa State, although Illinois, Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska and Northwestern have all shown interest. Ultimately, a school doesn’t need to be in that category to get Witt’s attention, but those two conferences offer Power 5 football close to home.
The offer from the Cyclones came unexpectedly in early March.
“It was kind of a surprise to be that they offered me, because I never talked to a coach before that,” Witt said. “I talk to [Brandon Blaney], that’s mostly who I’ve been talking to. Right now they’re kind of the same as every other offer I have. I haven’t really narrowed it down.”
Ranked No. 46 nationally and No. 11 in the Midwest among offensive tackles in the 2016 class, Witt has made some visits this spring, including ones to Michigan State and NC State. He plans to camp as Notre Dame and Ohio State this summer and said he could make other visits then, too.
Proximity to his home in Illinois will ultimately play a big factor, and Witt said he plans to commit following the summer right before his senior season.
“It’s a lot nicer [being closer to home], because then I can have my parents come out and watch me in my games,” Witt said.