Max Rich said his goal for his senior season was to “show people what I can do.” The 6-foot-7, 311-pound offensive tackle from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit set out to prove that he has the athleticism to match his size.
“I’m pretty athletic compared to some tackles for my size, so I feel like I just have to show them I can run pretty well and I can move quite well for my size,” Rich said.
Pac-12 programs have taken notice.
Rich's only scholarship offer so far is from Washington State. However, he continues to hear from Washington, Cal and UCLA.
“They’ve mostly just been talking about how they’re still really interested in me,” he said. “They said they are really interested, and they would like to keep in contact.”
While Rich wants to prove he can play in the Pac-12, he also wants to make sure he picks a program with a strong academic reputation. Yale and Harvard have offered him the opportunity to play, and he is considering a future in the Ivy League.
“Academics are definitely important, but also the football aspect is definitely a pretty big deal,” Rich said.
If he picked either Yale or Harvard, he would become the second offensive line recruit from the Northwest to select the Ivy League over the Pac-12, joining Mason Friedline (Shoreline, Wash./King’s), who committed to Yale in August.
Rich is a key component on a talented offensive line at Jesuit, working with Washington offensive tackle commit Andrew Kirkland. He also gets help from Oregon commit Doug Brenner, a versatile all-around athlete.
“When we play, we get good looks and we get to try and match ourselves up to each other and just make each other better by working harder,” Rich said.
Rich spends a lot of time talking strategy with Kirkland, something that has helped both prospects.
“We talk a ton,” Rich said. “We talk about how the defense is aligned. We make each other better by going to more of the mental side of the game and knowing your assignments.”
He added that he thinks Kirkland and the Huskies are a strong match.
“He’s a pretty good fit,” Rich said. “He’s a good player. He works hard. I’m glad he got the offer, because he should be a good player for the Huskies.”
Rich plans to take his time before signing day, waiting to see if other options open up.
“I’m just trying to see where my best fit is,” he said. “There are so many schools out there that are so good, but I’m just trying to make sure I’m choosing, not only the right school for me, but the right school for my family, because the decision I make is, obviously, going to be huge.”