Dylan Wittke’s Love of Football Led to VT Commitment

Dylan Wittke
Dylan Wittke feels like his running and passing skills will fit well in Blacksburg.

Dylan Wittke
QB, Class of 2023
Buford HS, Buford, GA
6-1, 192

Through much of his youth, Dylan Wittke’s strongest sport was baseball. As a centerfielder and pitcher, his fastball was clocked at 80 miles per hour.

But last fall, Wittke (Buford, GA) thought he needed to make a choice in sports. He chose football. On Wednesday, the three-star quarterback validated that decision with a commitment to Virginia Tech for football. He believes he’ll be an even better fit with the Hokies.

Still, it was a tough decision initially, for his father, who is a baseball fan.

“My dad was so disappointed, just heartbroken,” Wittke said. “It’s been over for a month now and he’s still heartbroken. Honestly, he thinks baseball is where the money is, where you can’t get injured. My dad has played such an important role in the person I am. It feels like you’re letting someone down in that situation. But he’ll come around.”

Wittke, Rivals.com’s No. 67 player in Georgia for the 2023 recruiting class, chose Virginia Tech out of 20 scholarship offers, including Colorado, Memphis, South Florida and SMU. Multiple factors, especially the rapport he’d built with the coaching staff, all factored into his commitment.

“My main reasons were really, just the feeling I got when I got on campus, talking to Coach (Brent) Pry and Coach (Brad) Glenn, building my relationship with them,” Wittke said. “They really helped me make my decision. They really made it easy for me. I really feel connected with them. I feel like they can build me into a better player, a better person.”

To this point, Wittke has physically seen Blacksburg in person just one time: April 16 for the Hokies’ spring game. But that trip proved to be more than enough.

“When you go around to colleges, you see a bunch of nice stuff,” Wittke said. “Everyone has nice things. But it’s really just how electrifying it was. You can go to a bunch of spring games and it’s really just parents and stuff. But there were fans out there, everybody. It was super electrifying. These people just love football around here. It’s a football town and everybody loves it. Why would I pass up the opportunity to be around like-minded people?”

It also helped that Wittke had a pre-existing relationship with Glenn, when Glenn coached at Georgia State. That picked back up this spring.

“Me and him getting back on phone, building our relationship, I feel super comfortable around those guys,” Wittke said. “They’re pretty much like family to me now. I don’t have much to say, other than I love those guys, for real.”

Those conversations with Glenn, including at the spring game, gave Wittke a good idea of how he’d be used in Virginia Tech’s offense.

“In that offense, they do RPOs, quarterback runs and they throw deep out of it,” Wittke said. “That’s in my wheelhouse. That’s what we do. We do go under center and do play action, but knowing my athletic abilities, being in the RPO game, being able to pull it whenever I want to, drop back and throw it whenever I want to, being the leader and commander of that offense is what makes me think I can fit in with that offense.”