A new name to the NC State recruiting board made a visit to Raleigh a little over a week ago to work out for the coaches and find out what the Pack has to offer along the way.
Connor Lutz will be playing his third year of varsity football and it will be his second year as a starter. The Milford (PA) resident made the drive down to NC State for the Wolfpack’s Friday camp event that was more of a recruiting get-together than an actual evaluation. Lutz arrived in Raleigh on Thursday so he was able to spend some time around campus and on the town but the main event was the camp the following day.
Pack Pride caught up with him shortly after his trip and there was no doubt about the impression that NC State left on him.
“I actually love it there. The coaching staff left a good impression. They were all about bonding and family so I liked it a lot. I felt like I impressed the coaches. From what they told me it seems like that. It seemed like they liked me. They didn’t tell me anything specifically they didn’t like. They said they can’t wait to see me play as a senior. They want to make it out to one of my games. They were impressed with my quickness.”
Lutz said one of the nice touches of the visit was the coaching staff's attempt to give the visit a "game day" feel.
At 6-5 and 260 Lutz looked right at home working out with the offensive tackles but he does not have any experience playing on the line in high school. In-line blocking, yes. But as an offensive lineman, no.
“I’m a tight end for my high school. My entire varsity time has been at tight end. My coach considers me a traditional tight end. In our scheme I block like 95% of the time. I think offensive line is natural to me. Learning pass sets is important. I just have to work at it a little bit.”
The athleticism is there and if Lutz can continue to gain weight then he could certainly grow into a college tackle at the next level. Old Dominion, Massachusetts and Delaware are the schools that have offered. NC State, Wake Forest and Syracuse could be the next closest to offering.
If NC State offered Lutz would have a lot to think about.
“That would be a big deal for me. I really fell in love with the place. I liked it a lot. I’m not saying I would commit right away but I would have to consider some things. They gave me a complete tour of pretty much all the facilities and I liked that. I saw the locker room and the field and the weight room. The whole deal. The facilities are top notch. As good as it gets. It was beautiful there. It’s a great place to get better. Coach Uremovich and the tight ends coach were great.”
Lutz visited Wake Forest the day before he visited NC State. He was at Syracuse in June.
NC State is most fresh in his memory but he has a lot to think about and said offers from the Demon Deacons or Orange would be big too.
“Wake Forest is beautiful. The campus is awesome. I really like the coaching staff there and the facilities are real nice too. I liked Syracuse a lot. They had pretty good facilities as well. They’re right up there with NC State and Wake Forest. The thing I like about them is they’re a little closer to home.”