Till added scholarship offers from Connecticut and Buffalo on Wednesday to go along with offers from Temple, Towson, Tulsa and James Madison, but the Wolfpack were the first FBS school to offer in early March.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end-defensive lineman enjoyed his visit to N.C. State for junior day in late March and appreciated the program’s early interest.
“In my heart, it just felt like N.C. State was the school for me,” Till said on Thursday outside his school’s weight room. “I just thought, ‘What better time to make a decision.’”
Till, who hauled in the game-winning touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the Maryland 4A title game, plans to play offense at the Atlantic Coast Conference school. The team did not sign a tight end for the Class of 2013, raising Till’s hope he will be able to make an impact quickly.
Despite the recent spike in interest, Till felt ready to make a decision after a lengthy discussion earlier this week with N.C. State assistant Richard McNutt, who led his recruitment. On Wednesday night, the junior discussed the plan to make his pick with his parents and Wise Coach DaLawn Parrish.
“I just thought it was the perfect fit for me,” Till said. “The depth chart, plus the facilities, plus the stadium, plus the coaches and traveling time for my parents, it all fit together for a good place for me.”
Till posted 17 catches for 382 yards and eight touchdowns playing in a run-first offense during the Upper Marlboro school’s undefeated run to its first state title. He also was a standout on the basketball court, averaging 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game for the 18th-ranked Pumas to earn honorable mention All-Met honors.
Till had been reluctant to choose between the sports, but Parrish said the junior came to him shortly after basketball season and said he was ready to commit to playing football at the next level.
“He was just getting more love football-wise,” said Parrish, the 2012 All-Met Coach of the Year. “He came and told me he was going to dedicate himself to the sport. That’s what he’s been doing, working hard.”
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