Central Florida and North Carolina State won’t meet to decide the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl until Dec. 26.
However, N.C. State chalked up a pregame victory when Catholic High School offensive lineman Aaron Wiltz changed his commitment from UCF to the Wolfpack on Monday.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Wiltz committed to the Knights early in the fall. He informed UCF of his decision after visiting both schools on back-to-back weekends.
“I really liked Central Florida,” Wiltz said. “What it came down to was where I felt the most comfortable. When I got to N.C. State, it just felt like the best fit for me.
“The coaches had a lot to do with that. I really like the campus and felt like I fit in well with the players they have and the guys who are planning to go there.”
Wiltz, who is projected as an offensive tackle by the Wolfpack, helped the Bears compile a 9-2 record that included a District 5-5A title and a berth in the Division I select quarterfinals.
Catholic coach Dale Weiner praised Wiltz for promptly informing both schools of his commitment change.
“Aaron is 270 (pounds), but he’s still a lean guy who looks like he’s about 240,” Weiner said. “I think he’s going to be a heck of a college football player.”
Wiltz also attended summer camps at LSU, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi State and Louisiana-Lafayette.
The chance to major in engineering at N.C. State also helped the Wolfpack’s sales pitch for Wiltz, who has met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards.
“I think the engineering program is third in the country,” Wiltz said. “That gives me some other options to look at.”
Reid sets visits
Dutchtown safety Justin Reid is scheduled to visit Notre Dame later this month, coach DHS coach Benny Saia. Reid, the younger brother of former LSU standout Eric Reid of the 49ers, also has visits planned to Stanford and LSU.