Report: Ohio State Talking to USC Transfer?

By Jordan Wagner on February 6, 2014 at 2:51p

According to a report from InsideUSC, Ohio State is one of the teams USC transfer quarterback Max Wittek is talking with. Louisville and Texas are also pursuing the former highly sought after signal-caller. According to ESPN, Wittek soon plans to visit Texas and they could be the front runner for his commitment. 

Since the former backup USC quarterback is planning to graduate this spring, he would not be required to sit out a year. He will have two years to play two seasons with whichever school he selects. 

In 2012, as a red-shirt freshman, Wittek appeared in eight games. He was 36-of-69 for 388 yards with 3 TDs and 5 interceptions. The six-foot-four, 235 pound pocket passer does not seem to be the dual-threat style of quarterback that Urban Meyer typically has behind center. 

Ohio State returns senior QB Braxton Miller with Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett and true freshman Stephen Collier serving as his back-ups. 

Source: @InsideUSC


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Jack_Q_Football's picture

I hope this wouldn't deter interest from the kid down in Miami

Jordan Wagner's picture

I would highly doubt. Wittek would be in his last year of eligibility during Torrance Gibson's true freshman season. Ideally, you'd like Gibson to red-shirt as a freshman or at least not be the main guy. 

Buckidelphia's picture

Bird in the hand?

DefendYoungstown's picture

I heard a rumor that ttun is looking for a QB

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

TMac's picture

Should be a brief conversation.....

ONE Not Done!

Killer nuts's picture

Nice QB. Not a great fit for us and not a time of need

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GoBucksOSU's picture

But Steensn is nowhere to be found on this site so it must be ok.

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HighBallAce's picture

Oh he's lurking in the shadows

Killer nuts's picture

He sees everything 

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bedheadjc's picture

He JUDGES everything (as I am now judging him lol)

PittBuckeye's picture

Did you just set yourself up for a picture? Did you high-five yourself after?

Killer nuts's picture

Or did you just set me up for a picture?

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PittBuckeye's picture

Lets not show off, next time keep it classy.

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Posterchild's picture

I'd be excited for this if we still ran a Tressel offense. Seems he would be better served at Texas.

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BierStube's picture

He should take a hard look at Wisconsin

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

vitaminB's picture

I bet he would do real well at Louisville. 

RedStorm45's picture

We already need two roster spots cleared, this would be a third (and then a fourth if you're a Jeff Greene scholly fan).  He'd sit a year behind Braxton, and then compete for the job for one year.  Doesn't make sense.

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m5987usus's picture

I like this wittek fella


CarolinaBuck's picture

Isn't the fact Ohio State is talking to a QB that clearly doesn't possess the skill set Urban likes indicative of the lack of confidence Urban has in his back up QB's. Jones played garbage time minutes in a handful of games, but hasn't demonstrated in any way the ability to lead this team to a National Championship. Barnett and Collier have even less experience than Jones. Wittek may be the best QB out there for transfer so that's why their going after him.

AndyVance's picture

Re: his skill set, here's a devil's advocate question... In talking up Collier during yesterday's presser, Coach Meyer said something to the effect that he was not a Pryor or a Miller, but then again neither was Alex Smith - a former Meyer player the coach is still very high on, obviously.
At one point we also thought Carlos Hyde wasn't Meyer's typical running back, and look how that turned out...

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buckeyedude's picture

Andy = the voice of Reason and Logic.



TraptnMI's picture

"hasn't demonstrated in any way the ability to lead this team to a National Championship." WTF? A much more natural thrower of the football than Miller ever will be. I love Braxton, but i'm not blind to his inability to read coverages and pull the trigger. Did you notice in the last 3 games Miller lost all touch on his passes and threw incomplete missles. Braxton looked like he forgot everything he learned from the QB Guru. Cardale has all of that natural ability. Wittek, No Thanx!

" It's real good whatcha done Anthony, real good ! "

MichiganBuckeye222's picture

This may sound unfair, but I have a hard time taking cardale serious after that whole twitter thing.  I sure hope he has been taking his schoolwork serious.

tying to look past it....

Representing the Buckeyes in the Mitten State since 1987.


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Rjpfish2's picture

It's not like UFM is stuck with a cupboard full of QB's he didn't sign. If he didn't think JT Barrett, Cardale, or Collier had the tools to one day lead the S&G, he wouldn't have offered them. 

AndyVance's picture

This does seem to be a bit out of the blue, no? Not entirely sure what the QB cupboard looks like at the other schools mentioned, but taking a transfer while we're still in the hunt for some top-shelf 2015 talent would produce a plethora of signal callers... We already have an embarrassment of riches at running back - not quite sure what we'd do with another rock-slinger at this point.

sbentz4's picture

It is hard to tell how good this kid is when he played for Lane Kiffin.

rkylet83's picture

I haven't seen him play so I have no idea what kind of foot speed he has.  If he could simply keep and run occasionally just to maintain the threat his arm and accuracy would be crazy if our current offense was modified a bit down to his skill set.  That's of course being very optimistic though.

Crumb's picture

He has to have at least some mobility to even be considered by Urban F. Meyer, his slowest QB was either Chris Leak and Alex Smith, both of who could move. If the kid comes here, cool, welcome and good luck in competing for the QB job, if not best of luck wherever he goes except if he happens to play the Buckeyes.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

SilverState's picture

MISSING:  Forehead
SUSPECT:  Hairline

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PittBuckeye's picture

Not thinking OSU has really good chances here, but I wouldn't mind.

Dublin68's picture
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bigbadbuck's picture

That makes the most sense, considering our cupboard looks stocked at the moment and especially with Mr Wittek only having 2 years of eligibility left

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

wilkins0802's picture

Truth & Courage, 1-17IN, 5/2 SBCT


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JOhio1560's picture

+1 for Get Smart GIF. I used to love that show.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

buckeyedude's picture

I watched that show as a kid, and it didn't help me any.



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JakeBuckeye's picture

He's a Mater Dei QB, so if he wants to come to Ohio State, I'd take him. We don't have the scholarship space, though.

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DefendYoungstown's picture

Probably one of those rich OC kids, he can afford to pay...

What we can't do in the air we'll do on the ground.

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JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm from Orange County at Ohio State right now all on loans/grants/aid. Lets not stereotype or assume.

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KBonay's picture

@jake - Whereabout?  I am South OC.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I'm originally from Fullerton, but my family just moved to Orange (right next to Anaheim). What city are you from?

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KBonay's picture

Been all over since moving here. Started in Huntington. Long stint in Newport Beach. Costa Mesa & now Ladera Ranch. 

45OH4IO's picture

Yeah, this move would not make sense. Who has the ugliest uniforms known to man and has WRs playing QB in a pro-style, pocket passer system?? That makes more logical sense to me than OSU. Moving on...

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NEBuckeye's picture

I would up vote this if I could

Idaho Helga's picture

Hummm.....and that team could use a decent QB.

Crimson's picture

Louisville and Texas are also pursing the former highly sought after signal-caller.

I thought that was more of a USC and SEC kind of thing.

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Hovenaut's picture

Pursonally, I've seen what you've done there.

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FROMTHE18's picture

1% chance he comes to OSU, but I'd love a true passing QB in this offense with EZe in the backfield. 

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Qujo's picture

So you are suggesting a move back to Cooper ball? Joking... 
That said I don't see him at TOSU. We are set with dudes to run the UFM style offense. Bringing in another dude who doesn't quite fit that mode doesn't make sense to me. 

Our arch rivals.... 11 National Championships, 10 before 1949 - eight of eleven shared. Trying to respect them... trying.... Ugh!

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robobuck's picture

Let me preface this by saying that I loved Pryor and I love Miller.  That said, I agree 100%.  A large part of me wishes we had a more traditional pocket passer at times.  With the wide receiver and o-line talent coming in or already here and A stable of potentially great backs, we could be a scary good offense going forward.  I believe we still will be with the miller type Qb, but I'm slightly afraid that he's near his ceiling as a passer. Hope I'm wrong, go bucks!

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.  1 Corinthians 9:24

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causeicouldntgo43's picture

Former USC QB from OC wants to crash the Buckeye's post-NSD party? Something about this smells a little ripe to me.

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Go1Bucks's picture

As Im a fan of pocket passers, I wouldn't mind him coming here.  However, I think he would have to be very good to displace what Urban thinks he wants.



Edit: Additional comment re: Topic Header on main page should be Interested, not Interesting.  Sorry, its my OCD talking.

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VickVega24's picture

Stop waiting....get this gentleman a scholly!  

You cannot replace game experience, this guy is not our starter but he has experience playing in a major D-1 Conference.  Our QB "gets hit too much", or least that is what he thinks.  So why not have a guy who has played against some good teams on our bench to back him up......who do we have that has one.....If Tim Tebow can flourish in Urban's system....anyone can....everyone roll their eyes now.....

Sometimes you just got say WTF!

buckeyedude's picture

I know Urban always says he doesn't like to red-shirt players, but it's obvious that he values experience. Especially at QB. That said, I doubt this is going to happen.



chirobuck's picture

eh.....lets just focus on developing who we got


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MadDogMike's picture

....I can't wait to see #16 in action...all of this based on what I've read, but "they" say he is a natural born leader, vocal in regards to what he needs to do and those around him, and a tremendous passer....I salivate with anticipation....I just want to see him in game situations and how he reacts to whatever he sees across the line of scrimmage...he can motor with his legs when needed, and someone spoke of him throwing in pre-game at Purdue and hitting receivers in stride and placing that ball in a tight it too much to think of Troy and his exploits when he was a senior ?....Good Lord, I'm moist just thinking about it....