Signee Spotlight: Maxx Williams highlights incoming freshman tight end Maxx Williams from Waconia, Minn.

Profile: Maxx Williams
Size: 6-foot-4, 235 pounds
Hometown: Waconia, Minn.
School: Waconia
Position: Tight End
Committed: February 23, 2011

Prep Career Highlights:

Williams earned All-State honors from the Associated Press and third-team All-Metro by the Star-Tribune following his senior season. During the season he passed for 784 yards and eight touchdowns as a quarterback in 2011, while rushing 120 times for 902 yards and 13 scores. He recorded 80 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball.

Coach Matt Limegrover's Take:

"Maxx is a guy that his stock has steadily risen since we first got to know him. Initially he was the son of a former Gopher, Brian Williams, who was pretty decent high school football player, but as we dug in a bit deeper and got to know him and got to know the family we realized football is a big deal to that young man. He's gotten bigger.

"The thing I can tell you about him is he loves playing the game. Philip Nelson told a little story that they played each other in the playoffs. They both knew they were committed to coming to Minnesota but Maxx was trying to take Philip's head off in the playoff game—had blood all over his face—but after the game give Philip a big hug.

"The kid just loves playing the game. I remember his dad from watching him in his time with the Giants and he was the same way. He has the potential to be a great player because he's got the physical tools and he's got a great mental-makeup to be a great tight end for us."

Live Evaluation:

Williams is being recruited by Minnesota to play tight end, which is one of the few positions he didn't line up at in this game. He began by attempting a surprise onside kick to open the game, and then played most of the game at quarterback and strong safety, but also lined up at running back a few times and as a linebacker.

He is a big, strong, tough football player who rarely came off the field. He wore down the Mankato West defense – running through them with his shoulder down and his feet moving, punishing tacklers along the way. He doesn't change direction much or try to juke anybody, he mostly just runs north and south and tries to run people over, but he does a good job at it.

One time, Williams lined up at running back on fourth-and-1 and it seemed every person in the stadium knew he was going to get the ball, yet he still managed to gain 12 yards on the play. With his mix of versatility, athleticism, and toughness, Williams should make a great addition to the Gopher squad.

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