Max Tuerk - USC, San Diego Chargers
Max Tuerk ended his career at Santa Margarita as a Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, ESPNHS.com All-American first team, Sporting News Top 125, Prep Star Top 150 Dream Team, ESPNU 150, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area Lineman of the Year, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Lineman of the Year. On defense ha also 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 1 fumble recovery. Santa Margarita won the CIF Pac-5 and CIF Division I state titles in 2011. He was selected as member of “Team USA” Under-19 National Team, sponsored by USA Football. The team played against the team representing “The World” in February in Austin, Texas.
As a junior in 2010, he made Max Preps All-State Division I first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Pac-5 Division, Los Angeles Times All-Area, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League Co-Lineman of the Year while making 20 tackles with 2 sacks on defense.
As a sophomore tight end in 2009, he was All-Trinity League first team as he caught 17 passes for 198 yards (11.7 avg.) with 1 TD.
He received a full scholarship to USC where he was a 4 year starter on the Offensive Line. In his true freshman year at USC, Max became the first-ever USC true freshman to start at left tackle . Tuerk was named Freshman All-American by College Football News. He was a 2013 College Football News Sophomore All-American honorable mention. He was 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 third team. He made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team as well as the ESPN.com All-Pac-12 first team, Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. Max was a 2x team captain for the Trojans. A four-year starter who proved to be USC’s most versatile offensive lineman as he started at every position on the line during his career. Played a total of 45 games for the Trojans. Senior season in 2015 was cut-short by injury. Prior to that Tuerk was an All-American and Remington Award (Best Center in the Nation) candidate.
Max was drafted #66 (3rd round) in the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.