Max Wittek Rumors: Latest Buzz and Speculation Surrounding QB

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2014

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

John Taylor of College Football Talk reports that Wittek appears to be headed to Hawaii (per Honolulu Star-Advertiser):

According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Wittek is in the process of becoming a walk-on with the Rainbow Warriors football program. Wittek told the Star-Advertiser that he stills needs to consult with his family before making a final decision but there’s “a good possibility” this is the tack he’ll take thanks in large part to UH head coach Norm Chow.

“I feel great with coach Chow,” Wittek said. “He’s awesome. He’s been so helpful through this whole process.”

Updates from Wednesday, May 14

Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman has some breaking news on the odds of Max Wittek landing with Texas:

A source close to the situation told the American-Statesman on Wednesday that the Longhorns are backing away from offering Wittek a scholarship for undisclosed reasons, thereby allowing him a chance to land somewhere else.

Late Wednesday afternoon, also reported that Wittek was not expected to enroll in June as planned.

“It just doesn’t sound like it’s a viable choice for him now,” a source told “I don’t believe he’s the lock to come to Texas like we’ve thought him to be since February. Things have changed.”

ESPN's Joe Schad confirmed the report.

Yet this is all news to Wittek according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports:

Updates from Friday, March 7

Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News has the latest on Wittek's search:

USC quarterback Max Wittek, who visited Hawaiii last weekend, is no longer considering Texas Christian, according to sources. Texas Christian wanted an immediate decision from Wittek, who wants to wait until May to choose a college.

Texas remains the leader for Wittek and Hawaii remains under consideration. The fact Texas is a better football program appeals to Wittek, who believes he can start there. I have stated I believe Wittek should go to Hawaii, where he would probably have a better chance of starting.

Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 18

Chip Brown of has the latest on Max Wittek after a visit to Texas:

USC quarterback Max Wittek told on Monday, while at the Austin airport, his visit to Texas "exceeded" his expectations.

Wittek said he wants to go back to California and talk things over with his family before making any final decisions.

While Wittek said he wouldn't say he's leaning toward Texas, he said he wasn't sure what his plans were for taking visits to Louisville, Hawaii or TCU (other schools he has listed as being under consideration).

"Everything about my trip (to Texas) was awesome," Wittek said. "From the coaches to the players, the school, the campus - it all probably exceeded what I thought it would be."

Wittek told before the trip he needed to feel a strong connection to the coaches, and that happened, he said.

Updates from Thursday, Feb. 13

Associated Press reporter Ralph D. Russo notes that Wittek has heard from Virginia Tech, along with the other schools previously reported to be involved.

Updates from Sunday, Feb. 9

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports has the latest on Max Wittek:

Original Text

Although national signing day has come and gone, one of college football's hottest free agents has yet to find a home. However, Max Wittek may be coming close to a decision.

Ryan Abraham of reported that the former Trojans quarterback is planning to visit Texas and that it's the only visit he has planned:

However, ESPN's Joe Schad reported that Louisville and Hawaii are among the other top schools:

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reported at the end of January that Wittek would be transferring from USC. The fact that he lost the starting job to Cody Kessler in 2013 coupled with Ricky Town's imminent arrival in 2015 meant that Wittek had little chance of seeing any major playing time at the L.A. Coliseum this coming season.

Since he will have graduated upon the transfer, Wittek will be able to play immediately for his new school. He won't have to serve the customary one-year penalty for changing from one FBS school to another, and that's certainly appealing for schools looking for immediate QB help.

Whether Texas is a good fit is up for debate.

The good is that Case McCoy is graduating, and there's no telling how David Ash will recover after his concussion problems of 2013.

The bad is that Tyrone Swoopes will only be a sophomore next season, while Jerrod Heard—the No. 2 dual-threat QB on 247Sports' composite ranking—is headed to Austin.

CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman noted that Tommie Robinson, now an assistant on the Longhorns' staff, will have had experience working with Wittek:

Wittek has a tremendous arm, and perhaps the right coaching staff can get the best out of him, turning raw potential into real production. It's doubtful that he'll become an All-American at his new school, but he could become a productive starter.


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