Aug 29, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Max Wittek (15) throws a pass against the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at Aloha Stadium. USC defeated Hawaii 30-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Max Wittek battled Cody Kessler for the starting quarterback job at USC this past season before Kessler won the job outright only a few weeks into the 2013 season. With Kessler back and Max Browne now in the picture after redshirting this past season in Los Angeles, Max Wittek made the decision to transfer as he has seemed to realize that his best chances to get playing time in the future are clearly not in Los Angeles. Wittek still seems to have a lot of talent and unlike Jacob Coker who seems set to transfer to Alabama, Wittek does not seem to have a pre-determine destination.
So, could the Virginia Tech Hokies be a potential landing spot for Max Wittek and should the Hokies go after him despite how the Hokies already have Mark Leal, Andrew Ford, and Chris Durkin to compete for the starting job?
Max Wittek is still in enrolled at USC and is on schedule to graduate which would allow him to play immediately wherever he goes. Wittek will also only be a junior next year and therefore still has two years of eligibility remaining which is quite intriguing. Wittek has the typical build of a quarterback at 6-4 and 235 pounds and while he isn’t that mobile of a quarterback, he could fit in well in a pro-style offense. Wittek will likely have the desire to prove to USC that they shouldn’t have turned their backs on him this past season.
Mark Leal is the frontrunner for the job for the Hokies but Max Wittek might be the guy that would likely be better than Leal or anyone else. Wittek is somewhat mobile so the Hokies could use some rollouts to add som creativity to the offense but Wittek has the potential to be that traditional pocket passer that Scot Loeffler enjoys working with. Wittek wouldn’t be able to come to Blacksburg till the summer but Wittek would still probably come in as the favorite to start for a Virginia Tech team that could surprise a lot of people next season. Wittek also grew up in Connecticut before moving to California so Wittek has the East Coast connections to potentially end up in Blacksburg.
One of the top teams that have been rumored to get Max Wittek is Fresno State where Wittek would get to play with some former high school teammates while also likely being the man that replaces Derek Carr. Miami could also be a possibility with the Hurricanes looking to replace Stephen Morris and lacking many good candidates. Connecticut will also likely go after him as Bob Diaco looks to make the Huskies a strong program that could help UCONN move to a larger conference like the ACC. Virginia Tech seems unlikely to get Wittek but you have to wonder if Wittek would make sense for the Hokies, especially with their current quarterback concerns.