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Max Tuerk put in work to go from D-II TE prospect to future USC lineman

Updated: August 30, 2011, 2:44 PM ET
By Erik McKinney |
When the 2009 football season came to a close, Max Tuerk was the leading receiver for the Santa Margarita Eagles. They had just finished the year with a disappointing 3-7 record, and at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Tuerk was a sophomore tight end on the path toward possibly contributing to a Division II college football team.

A little more than one month later, in early January 2010, Tuerk's football career was altered for good. Harry Welch, a high school coaching legend who has amassed a career record of 231-52-2, had taken over the Eagles program and immediately began to question what the team's best pass catcher would look like bulked up and consistently poised in a three-point stance.