Chip Shots reported emphatically Wednesday night that USC QB Max Wittek, a potential graduate transfer who took three trips to Texas, will not be coming to UT - that the recruitment is over. No turning back.

So what now?

We can tell you that Texas has looked at about a dozen junior college quarterbacks as possible transfer options for this fall.

One of those is A.J. Thigpen, a 6-3, 212-pound dual-threat QB at Phoenix Community College, who threw for Texas RB coach Tommie Robinson on Monday.

HD's William Wilkerson has a detailed story on Thigpen after talking to him Thursday morning.

The bottom line is the pickings are slim. And Charlie Strong is not going to commit a scholarship to a JUCO QB just to do so. It will ONLY happen if Strong and the UT staff think a transfer QB can come in and make a difference against the best competition on the Longhorns' schedule.

The reviews on Wittek were always mixed as a 53 percent passer with 3 TD passes and 6 INTs in limited action at USC, including two starts. But Wittek had experience at the highest level of Division I having made one of those starts against Notre Dame.

The chances of finding that kind of experience in a transfer QB at this point are almost none. So no one should get their hopes up that another insurance policy at the QB position will be found.

Shawn Watson, Joe Wickline and the rest of the UT staff will have to coach the hell out of the three scholarship QBs Texas has - junior David Ash, sophomore Tyrone Swoopes and incoming freshman Jerrod Heard - and hope Ash can take a hit (after missing 10 games with a head injury in 2013).

And then take another hit ... and another one ... for 12 to 13 games.

Texas was going to have to rely on its defense in 2014 thanks to a talented, veteran front four. And with BYU, UCLA, Baylor and Oklahoma in the first six games of the season, there will be little time for adjusting to new coaching and new schemes on game day.

The one thing everyone seems to agree on is Texas will be a tougher, more disciplined, more cohesive unit in 2014. But how much of that translates to Ws if Texas can't get settled at the QB position?

One thing is for sure, Strong and his staff won't spend one second thinking about that question. They will simply go back to work at improving what they've got.

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