West coast QB contemplates visit

California's Mater Dei High School has churned out its share of quarterbacks over the recent years, from Matt Leinart to Colt Brennan and Matt Barkley. Could Clemson host the Monarchs' current quarterback for a visit next month?

QB Max Wittek Profile

This spring, Max Wittek has already been to Berkeley for California's Junior Day and also checked out USC during a conditioning session.

CUTigers recently caught up with Mater Dei's (Santa Ana) junior quarterback to see where else he'll be heading this spring.

"I've got spring break coming April 1-11, so I'm going to go to a few colleges, I'm not sure where yet. I'm going to figure that out," Wittek said.

Along with Cal and USC, he also holds offers from Oregon State, UCLA and several others from the East Coast, including Clemson, South Carolina, Florida and Florida State.

Wittek moved to California before his sophomore year to play at Mater Dei. He hopes to head back east on a few visits next month.

"Clemson was fourth offer me. It was, like, two or three months ago," he said.

CUTigers asked if Clemson is one of the schools that he hopes to visit in April.

"I'm going to try to visit. Like I said, I don't know all of the places I'm going to go, but, yea, I would like to visit there," he said.

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier is Wittek's primary recruiter to Tigertown.

"We speak probably once every few weeks," Wittek said. "He says they've always got good athletes there. It's great coaching and the atmosphere there is really good. They have a beautiful campus. He said it's a place where a kid would enjoy spending his four years there."

Aside from the conversations with Napier, Wittek admits that he doesn't know much about the Tigers.

"I watched a couple of games on TV last year, but other than that, not much," Wittek said.

He currently claims no favorite because he'd like to see more schools. Until then, he doesn't care to rank any one school over the other.

Wittek would prefer to play in a pro-style offense for a staff that he can "have fun with" during his collegiate career.

"I'm going to spend so much time watching film with them and just having them as my coach," he said.

An opportunity to play early is a big key too.

"Probably, by my second year, I would like to have a good opportunity to battle for a spot," Wittek said.

The school's atmosphere has to be favorable.

"A place where I'm going to like where I am—if I ever were to get hurt, I'd still be happy at the school I'm at," he said.

A decision will come "sooner, rather than later," he said.

Wittek will make it before his senior season begins, he's just not exactly sure when.

As a junior, he threw for 2,158 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions, completing over 60 percent of his passes.

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