In spite of rumors, reports and speculation Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei quarterback Max Wittek may have been reconsidering his verbal commitment to USC, Scout.com's No. 14 signal caller has one response.
Don't believe the hype.
"I don't know where that came from," Wittek said in a phone interview Wednesday evening.
Instead, the future Trojan was raving about his time at last week's Rising Stars Camp, specifically getting to work with quarterbacks coach Clay Helton.
"I had a lot of fun," Wittek said. "I love the atmosphere. It was great being with Coach Helton."
A year away from arriving on campus, Helton gave Wittek some points of emphasis to work on.
"He emphasized a lot in (terms of) footwork," Wittek said. "Your feet can never be good enough. He also stressed a higher (football) IQ."
Wittek also got to meet Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial's Cody Kessler, the other Trojan quarterback commitment for 2011.
"He's a great guy," Wittek said. "No matter where you go there's going to be a lot of competition. We won't that interfere with a friendship."
Wittek learned that lesson last season with the Monarchs, as Mater Dei had several candidates capable of stepping in as USC starter Matt Barkley's replacement.
"I took away that you have to work to get where you are," said Wittek, who threw for more than 2,100 yards and 15 touchdowns. "It's like that everywhere. Competing to be better than someone else can only make you better."
"Once I got that confidence, the season went great."
It helps that Wittek has another USC commit, wide receiver Victor Blackwell, to lean on.
"Our timing and chemistry together is amazing," Wittek said. "We hang out all the time. We kind of consider ourselves a dynamic duo."
Wittek is headed to Hawaii this weekend for the Super 7 camp, then will spend the rest of the summer focusing on getting ready for his senior season.
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