Even as recruiting for the 2015 class is picking up, the weekend visitor for the Texas Longhorns hasn't been in high school for some time, though former USC Trojans quarterback Max Wittek could still be an important addition to a quarterback group that includes only three scholarship athletes at this time.
Wittek spent several days in Austin as he took the first of what may become several trips before deciding on his future home.
The former four-star prospect spoke with Orangebloods about the positive impression Texas made on him:
Everything about my trip (to Texas) was awesome," Wittek said. "From the coaches to the players, the school, the campus - it all probably exceeded what I thought it would be.
Since a report surfaced from 247Sports during the madness of Signing Day that Wittek had the Horns No. 1 on his list, Wittek has tried to distance himself a bit from that perception, just as recruits often do when there are rumors of a leader or a favorite.
Wittek told the AP several days ago that Texas shouldn't be considered the frontrunner for his services. And don't expect an imminent decision, as he said that he isn't in a rush to pick his destination -- he won't enroll until the summer after graduating with his Psychology degree in May.
However, the former Trojan did tell Orangebloods that he connected with the coaching staff and liked the interactions he saw between current players, prompting him to say that he wants to talk with his family before making a decision, a comment that suggests he may not necessarily take other visits.
Schools that have been in contact with Wittek include Louisville, Hawaii, TCU, and Virginia Tech, all programs that could offer easier paths to playing time. Fortunately for Texas, Wittek has two seasons of eligibility remaining, so there's not the immediate pressure to play that would exist if he only had one season left.
The fact that Texas was the first school to contact him and the positive impression made over the weekend could effectively make the Longhorns the frontrunner at the moment given the past reports of Wittek's high level of interest.
A positive visit to Austin hasn't changed the potential bottom line for Wittek, though -- if he wants to have a strong chance of playing quickly, Texas is probably not the best school for him.