Pitt among schools former USC QB Wittek considering
By Jerry DiPaola
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, 3:21 p.m.
The father of former USC quarterback Max Wittek said Tuesday that Pitt is among the schools his son is considering as a transfer destination.
“I can't say whether Pitt is interested in Max or they are not,” Kurt Wittek said. “But I know it is certainly a school Max finds enticing.”
Kurt Wittek said his son also is considering Texas, Louisville and Hawaii. They will visit Texas on Friday, he said, but there are no immediate plans to travel to Pittsburgh.
Wittek, a former four-star prospect, was one of the nation's most highly regarded quarterbacks in 2011 when he graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. He was ranked the No. 3 pro-style quarterback — No. 76 overall — by Rivals.com.
Wittek played sparingly the past two seasons behind Matt Barkley in 2012 and Cody Kessler last year, completing 50 of 95 career passes for 600 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions. In his only two starts when he replaced an injured Barkley at the end of the '12 season, Wittek threw five interceptions in losses to Notre Dame, 22-12, and Georgia Tech, 21-7, in the Sun Bowl.
Former USC coach Lane Kiffin, who was fired Sept. 30, played Kessler and Wittek in the first two games last season before settling on Kessler. Wittek finished the season completing 14 of 26 passes for 212 yards and an interception before announcing his plans to transfer.
Wittek, 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, will have two years of eligibility remaining, starting this season, after he graduates from USC in May with a degree in psychology.
Kurt Wittek said Pitt fits the criteria Max is seeking in a new school.
“Max is considering a school that runs a pro-style offense, has some exciting personnel, that may (have) a quarterback opportunity because someone has just graduated and plays in a major conference,” Kurt said.
“(Pitt's) style of offense is the style Max has played and is comfortable with. Those stars align. I think that's the nature of (Wittek's interest).”
He added, however, “I don't believe there have been any conversations with Pitt.”
Wittek was born in San Ramon, Calif., but also lived in Connecticut while growing up, his father said.
“Max has family in Connecticut,” Kurt Wittek said. “But I don't think geography is a significant factor.”
Pitt has two quarterbacks on its roster — sophomore-to-be Chad Voytik and rising senior Trey Anderson. Coach Paul Chryst said the team is under ideal depth at the position, but he has no plans to add one this spring.
Jerry DiPaola is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.
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