Last weekend Texas hosted what could be one a huge addition to the 2014 roster. Former USC quarterback Max Wittek took in a visit to Austin to see if Texas could possibly be the right place for him.
USC quarterback Max Wittek is looking to transfer and says he can definitely see himself playing at the University of Texas.
Horns247 first broke the news that Wittek would be taking a visit to Texas at some point this month. He arrived last Friday and stayed through Sunday.
“Texas was actually the first school to contact me after I announced I was transferring,” said Wittek. “That was great because Texas is one of best football programs in college football history. I felt like I could fit in well there and that I would like that coaching staff a lot. Even before I visited, I felt like I could definitely see myself attending the University of Texas.”
Over the course of the weekend he spent a lot of 1-on-1 time with the coaches, the players and checked out the university and its’ surroundings.
“I really loved the visit,” Wittek said. “I had a great time on it, there’s no doubt about that. I loved the coaching staff, the campus, the facilities and the city of Austin. I would say that my overall impression from the visit is that Texas is a school I could see myself playing at. There was a big time comfort level there for me. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
The main thing the 6-foot-4, 235-pound signal caller wanted to do was spend an ample amount of time with the new Texas staff. Wittek knew it was important to not only get to know them off the field, but to learn more about their plans for what the offense will look like.
He walked away very impressed with his experiences with the staff as a whole.
“I can say that I think very highly of Coach (Charlie) Strong,” he told Horns247. “I really like him a lot. Honestly I feel like under Coach Strong and Coach (Shawn) Watson I would be able to become the player everyone thought I would be coming out of high school. I think they would put me in the best opportunity to succeed and do well immediately.”
A lot of those feelings are based off of what he learned about the future of Texas’ offense.
“Their offense is something I would feel very comfortable in,” Wittek said. “It’s that pro-style, up-tempo type of offense and that’s fine with me. I believe it will be very successful at Texas. For me, there’s a very high comfort level with that system that they’re going to run.”
If Wittek did end up choosing the Longhorns he would be expected to battle junior David Ash, sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and possibly incoming freshman Jerrod Heard. It’s something the former Trojan isn't worried about and he welcomes the competition.
“No matter where go there is always someone who you have to compete against,” Wittek said. “You can’t worry about that kind of stuff though. It’s a non-issue for me. I know I would push those guys to be better and they would push me to be better as well. I’ll do everything possible and play my best to prove I can be the man for the job.”
But first he must make a decision on where to go. After he finishes graduating from USC this spring he’ll have two years left to play at the school of his choice.
There’s no doubt that Texas is sitting in a very favorable position to land him. That said, he wants to be completely sure of his decision before making one.
“I’m most likely going to visit some other schools,” Wittek said. “I really don’t have any in mind at this point though, besides possibly Louisville. I just really don’t know. Right now I’m focused on finishing up school as soon as I can so I can move on to the next chapter in my life. I don’t really have a timetable for my decision.”
Coming out of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., Wittek was considered a four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 87 prospect overall in the Class of 2011 247Sports Composite rankings. He chose USC over Notre Dame, Florida, UCLA, Clemson and Florida State among others.
During his two-year career with the Trojans, Wittek threw for 600 yards and three touchdowns.