Sunday was a painful day for NC State on the basketball court, but it was quite an eventful day on the recruiting trail for the Wolfpack football program as well. Things started off with a decommitment, followed by missing on a target, but rounded off with flipping a commitment from another school. All in all, it was a hectic day for recruiting, especially in December.
In terms of the decommitment, longtime quarterback commitment Austin King of Alpharetta High School in Georgia tweeted the news that he was no longer a part of the recruiting class. The Wolfpack have had an interesting cycle in regards to finding a quarterback to fill the spot for the class, and it just took another turn. King was a high three-star heading into the season after a strong performance at the Elite 11 Camp, but seemed to struggle when evaluators watched him during the season. King came up last weekend for an official visit along with most of his fellow commitments but apparently wasn't sold on his ability to see the field early and has decided to look elsewhere. The Pack will no doubt circle back on some previous targets and investigate other signal-callers willing to take a look at Raleigh.
The missed opportunity of the day was junior college defensive lineman Drew Bailey committing to Louisville over the Pack and Maryland. The Hinds (MS) College defensive tackle was seen as an immediate rotation piece on the interior to help replace T.Y. McGill and Thomas Teal. His last visit was to Louisville and it won him over, whereas before he was looking like a future member of the Pack. It is hard to blame him for picking the Cardinals after they lose some talented players next year as well following another strong season. Dave Doeren and his staff do have some other tackles they were looking at as backup plans, but they may be more long term (i.e. freshmen) solutions rather than an immediate piece of the puzzle.
The good news of the day was the addition of a new member of the #PACK15. The Wolfpack staff identified offensive tackle Aaron Wiltz a few months ago and stayed on him despite his verbal commitment to UCF. The Baton Rouge, LA native was watched by offensive line coach Mike Uremovich and did well enough to be invited to Raleigh for an official visit last weekend. He seemed to particularly enjoy spending time with fellow line commitment Emanuel McGirt, but did not commit while on the visit. Wiltz took a trip to UCF this past weekend in order to compare and contrast his visits but, following his trip, decided that Raleigh was where he wanted to spend the next four or five years. The lineman currently measures at 6'5" 260 lbs, so he will benefit from time in a college weight room. Uremovich is reportedly a big fan of Wiltz's technique and will worry about adding the weight later on.
In the near future, the only sure answers State will get on the recruiting trail involve, who will need to make a decision before Christmas if he is to go through with his plans to enroll early at the college of his choice. December 15 is the beginning of a three week "quiet period" where coaches can not have face-to-face contact with recruits, so there should be relatively little news during this time.