Baton Rouge (LA) Catholic OL Aaron Wiltz is committed to Central Florida but the 6-5, 260 pound offensive tackle will take his official visit to NC State this weekend. How that visit goes will likely go a long way in determining whether Wiltz stays with the Knights or decides to run with the Pack.
That might not account for everything that will go into Wiltz's final decision but the visit will be important. There’s no doubting that. The visit will at least help Wiltz decide whether he wants to keep NC State as an option through early February when he has to make a final choice.
Wiltz committed to Central Florida in the latter half of September. Up to that point he had not heard from NC State. Offensive tackle is one of the Pack’s most pressing needs and that need led the staff to explore options in many parts of the country. It led them to Wiltz.
“They started talking to me a couple of weeks after I committed. They’ve been recruiting me since then. Maybe it was the week after I had committed they had offered or started talking about offering me. Since then they’ve just been telling me to keep them in mind. They just want me to keep all my options open.”
He likes that NC State hasn’t applied too much pressure. He likes they have respected his commitment to another school. Wiltz is keeping the Wolfpack in mind and his travel plans for later this week are proof of that.
“I’m taking an official visit there this weekend. They explained a little of what to expect. They just want to give us the best experience they can. They want to give us tours of all the facilities. I’m going to major in mechanical engineering so I’m going to go talk to a guy that teaches mechanical engineering. I’m going to see the basketball game against Wake Forest.”
The engineering portion of the trip will be important. It isn’t as though that’s something NC State can offer that UCF can’t.
“They’re both extremely good programs. NASA actually started it at UCF.”
Going into the trip to NC State Wiltz said he likes the location of UCF a little more. He does not know much about NC State yet besides what the coaches have told him. One obvious advantage for the Wolfpack would be their membership in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Mike Uremovich has probably mentioned something about that and the NC State offensive line coach will spend a lot of time making the rest of his case to Wiltz this weekend.
“They’ve told me how they’re just starting as a staff and how they have four senior offensive linemen leaving next year. I would have a really good chance of playing. They talked to me about that a little bit and also about redshirting.”
Mississippi State has started to recruit Wiltz but they have not offered.