Viramontes is an intriguing prospect. He was offered by former Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin as a quarterback when he de-committed from Michigan, but he's listed as an athlete, and he had 3.5 tackles for loss on defense this year.
But, on his official visit, Viramontes was sold on the chance to play quarterback with the Golden Bears, and the ability to jump in and compete right away, even though he won't be here for spring football.
"You watch his tape, and you're just kind of like 'Wow,'" head coach Sonny Dykes said. "He played this year at 240 pounds. He's a great leader. He plays with tremendous enthusiasm and toughness, can throw the football, has a big arm, and is obviously a very good runner. I think the kid's got a lot of upside. I think he's a really interesting prospect, and he's definitely a quarterback."
At a well-built 6-foot, 240 pounds, Viramontes is a dynamic athlete on offense, completing 144 of 246 passes for 2,085 yards and 21 touchdowns to 10 interceptions, along with 148 carries for 1,112 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground, with five 100+ yard games.
"Some of these guys you watch are chasing them, you can tell they don't want to catch him," Dykes said of Viramontes as a runner.
He's on the short side, much like Luke Rubenzer, but he's much thicker, and on film, at least, it looks like he's got a much bigger arm, and while Rubenzer is more slippery, Viramontes is a power runner who will run over rather than around defenders.
"It's going to be like watching the Super Bowl on Sunday -- count how many times Cam Newton gets three or more yards with his legs when they need him to -- when you have a quarterback who can do that for you, it's a different dimension," Dykes said. "I think he can develop his passing game. I like both of our quarterbacks. I'm excited about both of them. I think Max is someone who's a winner."