Every once in a while, you turn on a highlight tape and its immediately clear who the film is about. There’s no pre-snap identification needed, just a pair of eyeballs. Such is the case with Urbandale native Max Llewellyn, who jumps off the screen on film.
That was the case back in April when Llewellyn had only completed his junior season and decided to make his verbal commitment to Iowa. Today, he’s officially a Hawkeye.
The D-Line Just Got Better with Sweet Llew.@maxllewellyn34 #Swarm21 x #Hawkeyes pic.twitter.com/OWz2eaSoK7— Hawkeye Football (@HawkeyeFootball) December 16, 2020
As much as Llewellyn jumped off the film as a junior, he did more so as a senior. The Urbandale prep finished with 28 tackles, 13 TFL, and 5.5 sacks on defense, as well as 13 catches for 278 yards and 2 touchdowns in seven games on offense. But even more than the stats was the sheer dominance Llewellyn showed in high school.
At 6’5” and 230 pounds, Llewellyn has the length to create space with blockers and uses a combination of quickness and sheer strength to explode into the backfield and demolish ballcarriers. Look for him to take a year to add bulk at the next level before doing the same thing for the Hawkeyes.
A 3-star prospect according to both Rivals and 247 Sports, Llewellyn had offers from 14 other programs beyond Iowa. That included the likes of Penn State, Northwestern, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State, Missouri and others.
Llewellyn is one of 10 commits from the state of Iowa expected to sign with the Hawkeyes during the early period, including his high school teammate from Urbandale LB Jaden Harrell. He’s also one of four defensive line commits joining Illinois native Jeremiah Pittman as well as fellow Iowans Jeff Bowie and Griffin Liddle.
Welcome aboard, officially, Max Llewellyn!