Athlete prospect Max Gama (6-1, 195, 4.6) from La Mirada, Calif., is a two-way standout who brings a lot of versatility and athleticism to the table. He played running back, wide receiver and linebacker. The adroit Gama probably projects as a strong safety on the collegiate level.
Gama earned first-team all-CIF and first-team all-league as a linebacker after racking up 81 tackles, four pass deflections, one sack, one fumble caused and one interception.
As an offensive player, Gama accounted for 701 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. While playing wide receiver, Gama hauled in 25 receptions for 331 yards and scored one receiving touchdown.
"Max is not going to be a linebacker in college," La Mirada coach Mike Moschetti said. "We put him in the box because defensively what we do, Max is a guy who can run and we like to bring him off the edge.
"We don't have a lot of linebackers so have to play him out of position at linebacker because he can do it because he's such a good athlete," Moschetti said. "Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson loves Max as a wide receiver.
"Max is one of those guys who runs a 4.6, but he plays a lot faster," Moschetti said. "He is football fast. He has great quickness.
"Though I haven't tested Max yet," Moschetti said. "He's a guy who will run the shuttle and the three-cone drill and light it up.
"You also have to consider when we timed him in the 40," Moschetti said. "He has never worked on a start or a stance. He just lined up and went. If he worked on his 40 on start by staying low and explode, he would be a 4.5 guy with ease.
"Gama is a kid who played baseball his sophomore year and he stole a bunch of bases plus he's a freak in the outfield," Moschetti said. "In football we put him at receiver, running back, will linebacker, and safety. He's the kind of athlete that we will say do a back flip and he will just jump and a back flip.
"Max reminds of Kyle McCarthy the safety who played at Notre Dame," Moschetti said. "He may have been a recruit in baseball, but he quit this year so he could concentrate on football and getting into the weight room. Football is his future."
It certainly appears that football is Gama's future and that it will be his ticket to a college education.
On the recruiting trail, Washington State is close to offering and could happen as early as next week. Colorado is another school that is thinking of offering Gama. Notre Dame has asked for his transcripts. Other schools that are showing interest in Gama are Boise State, Colorado State, UNLV, Wyoming, Nebraska, Indiana, Wake Forest, Washington and UCLA.