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Virginia Tech transfer gives the Gophers depth at QB



P.J. Fleck and his Gophers staff are working overtime this offseason, this time adding Virginia Tech transfer QB Dylan Wittke. The 6-foot-1, redshirt freshman committed to the program Tuesday night. A Buford, Georgia native, he did not see game action in his lone season in Blacksburg, so he will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

Dylan Wittke is an impressive athlete who played three different sports, baseball, track & field and football at Bufford High School in Georgia. He was the backup as a junior on a AAAAAA Georgia State Championship Buford team, but he proved his supreme talent as a senior. He picked up other top offers from Colorado, Liberty and Memphis before settling on the Hokies. 247sports ranked him as the 1,278th best prospect in the class of 2023.

The Gophers only returning QB on their roster from a season ago was true freshman preferred walk-on Max Shikenjanski, Fleck and his staff have now completely revamped that room. Headlined by presumed starter Max Brosmer (New Hampshire), Wittke joins true freshman Arkansas player of the year Drake Linsdey and true freshman preferred walk-on Jeremiah Finaly. With all that being said, Minnesota certainly could’ve used an extra arm like Wittke.

Fleck and his staff have completely figured out what they want to do in the transfer portal and how they want to do it. Wittke might only be a backup quarterback, but this was a much-needed addition for this roster.

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