"He's a pretty cerebral type. He's well-trained; he's been coached to be a QB since he was a kid," Huffman said. "He's pretty knowledgable, though somewhat limited physically. He's not really that athletic.
"He won't wow you with his arm strength — his arm is probably above average — but he's a good game-manager who won't make a ton of bad decisions," Huffman said.
Huffman covered Wittek's recruitment out of Mater Dei (Calif.) High School and tapped him as a four-star and the No. 11 quarterback in the country in the 2011 class. But while Wittek was able to get some playing time, he was eventually bested by his classmate Cody Kessler, himself a four-star and the No. 12 quarterback in that same 2011 group.
"Max is a guy that, when he was given the opportunity to play, he didn't really make the most of it," Huffman said. "His first two games at USC looked very much how Garrett Gilbert looked at times at Texas: like he was thrust into the starting job or a key role when he wasn't really expecting to. He was a bit over his head.
"This year, with USC having the quarterback shuffle under Lane Kiffin, he wasn't ever really afforded the opportunity to get into a rhythm," Huffman said. "When he was in, they went so conservative in their approach that they just didn't give him a chance to win."Texas is looking for another answer at the quarterback position with the Longhorns having just three scholarship signal-callers on roster. Additionally, the projected starter, David Ash, is coming off a season where he only played in three games after struggling with concussions.