Standing at 5-10 and weighing in at 165-pounds, Max Williams (2019 class) has recently received an offer from BYU cornerbacks coach Jernaro Gilford, who evaluated Williams during a seven-on-seven competition.
“Yes, I was offered by BYU,” said Williams. “It’s a very special offer. They offered me after they watched me play against these other schools that came to compete against us in seven-on-seven.
“Right after I got done and we all went to go get dressed and I got offered. Coach Gilford said he wanted me to come represent and play for them. It was an exciting experience for me.”
Williams views the offer from BYU as a “special offer” due to some connections he has with the Beehive State. His mother, who is from Hawaii, has a lot of family that live in Utah.
“This is my 11th offer but this offer is big for me,” Williams said. “The reason this is big for me is I have family out there in Utah and I’m 50 percent Hawaiian on my mom’s side, so I have family out there so that’s why it’s a very big offer for me.”
Being only a freshman in high school and holding 11 scholarship offers from major division one universities has been quite a rush for Williams.
“I have offers from Notre Dame, Oregon State, Arizona, Boston College, and Florida State,” Williams said. “I also have offers from Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Washington State, and South Carolina. It’s pretty crazy and I’m just trying to stay humble throughout the whole process. I’m just trying to stay focused and not get big-headed.”
Being a school located in the heart of Gardena, California, where the talent level is very competitive, Junipero Serra head coach Scott Altenberg has put Williams’ young talents to good use on both sides of the field.
“I play wide receiver and cornerback,” said Williams. “At corner I’m really good at making reads and making tackles. I’m also really good at reading the quarterback. I’m also really good at coverage in man and man-press and getting into the receiver’s face. I also play with really good technique.
“At wide receiver I’m quick off the line, run good routes, and have really good hands. I go both ways at my high school, but BYU wants me to play cornerback at the next level.”
BYU is recruiting Williams to play on the defensive side of the ball.
“BYU wants me to play cornerback and I feel really good about that decision and don’t mind,” said Williams. “I feel I can excel at cornerback at the next level and will do whatever it takes to help the team win.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Williams plays alongside highly recruited 2018 linebacker prospect, and BYU recruit, Merlin Robertson.
“Yeah, he’s a really good player,” said Williams. “Merlin is a beast out on the field. I can’t really say enough about that guy.”
Now that Williams has the BYU offer, he’s planning on coming out to BYU for an unofficial visit with Robertson sometime this year.
“I plan on taking an unofficial visit with Merlin [Robinson] out there to BYU,” said Williams. “I think it will probably be either during the summer time or during the fall. It should be a good experience for us.”