Till Talks Pack Commitment

Upper Marlboro (MD) Wise tight end Micah Till had been leaning to NC State for a few weeks, but even he didn't know he was going to be making a decision so quickly.

Upper Marlboro (MD) Wise tight end Micah Till had been leaning to NC State for a few weeks, but even he didn't know he was going to be making a decision so quickly.

"Really, I wasn't thinking about it," said Till. "I was planning on making a decision in August, but it just felt right to do it now.

"I started talking it over with my dad and my coach, and I knew it was time to do it. Nothing was holding me back, so why wait? It seemed like it was time."

NC State assistant coach Richard McNutt, who was recruiting Till for the Wolfpack, visited Wise High School early last week.

"He came by last Monday and watched me work out," said Till. "Coach McNutt then hung out a while with my high school coach and talked more with him about how much they liked me and how I would fit in at NC State.

"When he left, my high school coach talked about all of that with me and my dad. I do think that visit helped me make a quicker decision."

How did he go about informing NC State of his decision?

"I called coach McNutt first," said Till. "He said he was driving so he pulled over and started jumping up and down off the highway (laughing). That was pretty much the reaction I got from all the coaches when I called the office. They were all excited about it.

"Then I got to speak with coach Doeren for a few minutes and that went well. He told me that he was glad to have me on board and ready to have me on the team."

McNutt probably hopes that he isn't finished at Wise. NC State is also in the mix for four-star safety Marcus Allen.

"I think they have a shot, but he has a lot of offers," said Till. "I think they have a shot as long as they try and stay and touch with him as much as possible. I mean, we've always talked about maybe going to same school so that might have some impact."

Till, who says he is currently 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, is being recruited to play tight end by NC State. Some programs viewed him as potentially an offensive tackle, but he believes tight end is where he will excel on the next level.

"Playing line, I don't think that's for me," he said. "It's not fun. I like to catch the ball and run and make plays. Teams can use big tight ends with good hands that are hard to bring down.

"When I get to NC State, they are going to be able to shape my body and get me ready to play. I think I have the build to tone up and stay around my same weight so I can still play tight end."

He also believes that his basketball background, he plays for his high school team and has played on the AAU circuit, helps him on the gridiron.

"I think it helps a lot," said Till. "My jumping ability can help me against smaller defenders... I can go up and get the ball. I also think my footwork comes in handy when I'm playing football."

Till held offers from Duke, Toledo, UCONN, NC State, Temple, Towson, and James Madison among others when he picked the Wolfpack.

Now he can focus on his senior season with his recruitment behind him.

"I'm very happy about committing to NC State," he stated. "I really like the school and they have nice facilities. Plus, I like how the depth chart is at tight end right now. Overall, I just think it's the best fit for me."

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