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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Eisenhower QB Max Wittwer discusses leadership mindset as a top returning QB

Eisenhower 2018 QB Max Wittwer will graduate Eisenhower HS next year as one of the most decorated players overall from the Macomb County powerhouse.  After leading the Eagles (13-1) to the semi-finals as a junior, Wittwer (6'2" 175 lbs) is hungry to come back and lead his squad to where they haven't been since 2003 which is the final state finals game.

Wittwer led Eisenhower as a Sophomore in 2015 into the playoffs and upsetting a heavily favored Chippewa Valley team on the road in the first round.  The game went into overtime where it was capped off by a lunging Wittwer who sent Eisenhower into a frenzy.  It didn't last the following week as Dakota shutdown Eisenhower, but was reinvigorated in 2016 as Eisenhower was red hot for the entire season.  Eisenhower swept the MAC Red and first 3 rounds of the playoffs with ease.  In a epic battle of #1 and #2 teams in the state, Eisenhower fell in the closing seconds due to a miraculous touchdown by Cass Tech. Wittwer discussed his mindset in what he does to prepare mentally as a Senior leader following the loss to Cass Tech, "just never give up," said Wittwer as he continued, "football will keep knocking you down, just knocking you down.  The only thing you can do is get up and work hard and that's what I take away for now.  We're going to reset and not let that Cass Tech play effect us for the rest of our careers."

Wittwer throws a pass in 2016 game

Wittwer also reflected on his junior season, "I couldn't ask for a better one, I can't thank my coaches enough.  The Senior class, the Class of 2017 was a bunch of my best friends and I'll never forget the bonds I made with them.  I'm just going to be forever thankful for that year and that experience.  I wouldn't change it for anything and I just wish I could re-live it."

Wittwer was one of a handful of recruits on campus for EMU's junior day earlier this year, one that had 4 other QB's from Michigan offered, including one to Wittwer who currently has that as his lone offer.  Wittwer summarized the trip, "well I didn't know what to expect when I arrived at Eastern Michigan.  We toured all the facilities; the weight room, the field, and the team room.  We also went on the campus a little too."

Wittwer also had plenty of good things to say about Coach Creighton and his staff, "the coaches were all very cool and the coaches were one of the nicest parts of the visit.   Coach Creighton is everything that I want in a coach and that was my favorite part of; talking to him, going to his office, and how he broke down everything for me,"

During the day other quarterbacks were offered, including Witter, but he didn't let that deter him as he discussed his reflection of that, "just don't let it get to my head, just know that they're going to offer as many kids as they can because they can't get all of them.  Just working hard is the main thing, hard work is going to get you everything you want and that's all I'm going to take away from there, just keep working hard and stay focused."

As Wittwer heads into his Senior season with big expectations.  Wittwer discussed his off-season so far, "so far it's been good, I've pretty much been working on my mechanics, lifting weights, and I just started this 7on7 with Rising Stars.  I've just been trying to get my weight up and fine tune my mechanics."

Wittwer listed Toledo and Ohio, among other MAC schools who have shown recent interest in him.

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