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Horns still in strong position with Trojans QB transfer Max Wittek

The latest on the potential Longhorn.

Visits to Hawai'i and Texas have given way to quiet period throughout the greater part of March for USC Trojans transfer quarterback Max Wittek as he works to finish up his studies in Los Angeles.

Along with Louisville, those two schools represent the three programs in contention for the services of the former four-star prospect, leaving the question of when, if at all, the 6'4, 230-pounder will visit the Cardinals.

As for Hawai'i, Wittek told the Honolulu Star Advertiser following his visit that the Rainbow Warriors are one of his finalists and is attracted to the opportunity to play for head coach Norm Chow, who was the offensive coordinator at USC from 2001 to 2004.

The last update regarding the Longhorns came from the USC side, indicating that Texas was the leader in early March after Wittek eliminated TCU because the Horned Frogs wanted a quick decision from him.

Late last week there were rumors on the USC Rivals board that Texas will be the destination for Wittek, but a beat writer in Hawai'i was unable to confirm rumors of an impending decision in favor of head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, likely because Wittek has likely not made such a decision and probably won't for some time.

Texas has managed to find another quarterback on the roster with the move of senior former tight end Miles Onyegbule to the position, but given his inexperience at quarterback having only played there one season in high school after spending his time in Austin split between wide receiver and tight end, there's still a need for an experienced back up.

Early in spring practice, there aren't any indications that sophomore Tyrone Swoopes is ready for that role, which would leave the Horns in a precarious position if something happens with junior prospective starter David Ash, who missed most of the 2013 season after suffering a concussion against BYU in the second game of year and then left the Kansas State game several weeks later with a recurrence of symptoms that ended his season.

Basically, Wittek would still seem likely to step easily into the back-up role at Texas and could conceivably compete for the starting job.