If you had spent any time reading older recruiting articles on New Lenox (IL) OL Justin Witt it would've been easy to come to the conclusion that he was likely to play his college ball somewhere in the midwest. He didn't hide the fact that he preferred to stay close to home. However, an extended weekend trip to NC State completely changed all that and ultimately resulted in Witt committing to the Wolfpack Monday night.
"Yes sir, I committed to State. Originally I did want to stay close to home for family reasons but after going there it kind of felt like a second home to me. It will be good to get out and see other places."
That commitment actually began to take shape two years ago when NC State offensive line coach Mike Uremovich made Witt a promise.
"My freshman year, coach Uremovich told me if I got bigger and stronger he would offer me a scholarship. This year I got bigger and and I got stronger and he stuck to his word and gave me an offer. I was real excited about that so I had to go check them out. After that visit I just knew that it was the place for me."
Witt (6-6, 270 pounds) boasted 20 offers including schools like Syracuse, Rutgers, Iowa State, Kentucky, California and Pittsburgh. However, that trip to Raleigh sealed the deal for the Pack.
"Their style of offense is the same style of offense we run at our high school. It will be real easy for me to learn. The campus was beautiful. The coaches were awesome. Two of them are actually from Illinois which helps me out knowing there's a connection there. I just felt like it was home for me."
Rated a three star prospect and the No. 46 offensive tackle in the nation, Witt said coach Uremovich was ecstatic to hear the news. He added that he doesn't plan to talk to any other schools or coaches from here on out.
"I told coach U and he was absolutely pumped about it and said I made his night. I'm not going to be visiting anymore schools."