Quarterback, Class of 2023
Buford, Buford, GA
Last weekend, Buford (Ga.) three-star quarterback Dylan Wittke took in another spring visit, to Virginia Tech. Earlier in the week, the Hokies offered a scholarship, joining a list that now includes 19 offers in total.
The visit to Blacksburg for Wittke was one of a handful he’s made this spring with his parents, but it won’t be the last. Wittke, Rivals.com’s No. 67 player in Georgia for 2023, has another set this weekend to Arkansas State and could see a pair of SEC schools in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, he’s still trying to keep to a loose timeline he’s set for himself in moving towards a commitment next month.
“I’ll probably set a timetable after talking to schools,” Wittke said. “I’m focusing more mentally on everything in front of me. Being at Buford, which is a big school, with a lot of stuff on my plate, I’m trying to focus on my team, building them up. I want this process to come to an end, so I can focus on my team itself. So, it’s really just the mental aspect right now.”
Virginia Tech has put itself squarely in the mix after its offer and Wittke’s visit. That marked his first time in Blacksburg, but gave him plenty to contemplate.
“Getting to known Coach (Brad) Glenn and Coach (Tyler) Bowen, they’re great people,” Wittke said. “Them and me and my dad, my family, we all feel like I’d fit my skillset in their scheme really well. Being able to run, read and throw the deep ball, all those come into play when I end up making a decision for my school.”
Glenn has served as Wittke’s primary contact with the Hokies. During his visit, Wittke said he spent ample time building on his relationship with the quarterbacks coach.
“He was at Georgia State this past year, so I got to know him a little last year,” Wittke said. “Just going up there and getting to build a relationship in-person made it that much better. We talked in the players’ lounge for at least two hours, before and after the game. He’s a great dude, has a great vibe to him, and I really enjoyed my time with him.”
Overall, Wittke said he’s impressed by all facets of Virginia Tech he’s seen, but he’s not ready to move forward just yet.
“I think it’s a great spot,” Wittke said. “I still want to keep my recruitment open to see what happens after spring practice. They’re really up there, though, in my top three for sure. I’m just going to wait a little longer, see what else I can pull out.”
“It’s definitely a great spot,” Wittke said. “I love the city, the people are great. They just got new coaches in, and Coach (Tim) Cramsey’s coached some big-time guys. He actually coached Grant Wells, who’s at Virginia Tech. He’s shown his knowledge for the game and how he can get my name out there to the NFL, the business world. So, he’s a great guy for sure.”
Since the start of the current open recruiting period, Wittke has also visited Wake Forest, Miami (OH) and Florida Atlantic. But two schools giving him pause are Florida and LSU. Neither have offered a scholarship yet, but both have reached out to get him on campus
“I’m not saying those are particular schools I want to go to, but getting that offer, that would boost my name, that’s what I’m waiting on,” Wittke said. “They just told me they want to see me throw live. I didn’t get my tape out this year, just splitting time at Buford, so they want to see me throw there this spring. I think after they see how much I’ve grown as a passer, not only a runner, they’ll pull the trigger on me.”
Whether or not he adds those offers, Wittke said he’s still mindful of the aspects of a program and school that mean most. He insists it’s not a definite that he’ll be ready to decide next month, though he’s hopeful he will be at that point.
“I’m just looking for a good place where I’m going to compete and grow as a person and a player,” Wittke said. “I want a home environment, somewhere I feel home and welcome. I don’t want to go anywhere I’m not going to get a great education. I just want to be surrounded by great people, so I can be great.”
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