By Josh Vitale, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — When his senior season ended this past November, Aaron Wertz had no offers to continue his football career on the college level. So the Port Charlotte High School linebacker started sending out his tape to every coach and school he could find an email address for online.
Before long, he found a taker in Southeastern University.
“They called me and said they wanted me to come up for a visit,” Wertz said. “I tried out, and they offered me. I pretty much committed as soon as they offered.”
Wertz made the commitment official on Tuesday, signing his national letter of intent to play for the NAIA school located in Lakeland.
“Football has always been a passion of mine. I worked hard at it my whole life,” Wertz said. “To have a future in football and to be able to play football at the next level is very, very special to me. It’s something I’ve really worked hard for and is one of the biggest goals I’ve had in my life. I really hope I can be successful.”
Wertz was one of two former Pirate football players to sign with schools in The Sun Conference on Tuesday, as running back Brennan Norus signed with Warner University in nearby Lake Wales.
Asked if he was excited about getting the chance to hit his friend and former teammate on the football field, Wertz, with a smile on his face, said, “most definitely.”