GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Former Green Bay Southwest lineman Max Scharping is headed to the NFL after being selected in the second round, 55th pick by the Houston Texans.
Green Bay Southwest HS alumni Max Scharping speaks with the media at Synergy Sports Performance in Hobart, Wis. a day after being selected in the second round by the Houston Texans.
Scharping got a call from a Texans General Manager Brian Gaine while he was in the basement of his childhood home surrounded by family and friends.
"I wasn't expecting a call [in the second round]. I didn't know when it was going to happen. Obviously I'm ecstatic that it happened even that early," Scharping said on Saturday.
He is the highest player drafted from one of the four Green Bay public high schools since 1972.
"It's an amazing opportunity. To be a representative of Green Bay from all these schools, football is great up here. It's part of the culture and to be the one that gets their name called it's for everybody out here and I want to thank everybody in Green Bay. I've gotten text messages from tons of people and the support means a lot," Scharping said.
Following getting picked he went straight to the Bay Park Square mall to buy a Texans hat. The Green Bay-native won't have to wait long to be back in his hometown to play football.
The Packers and Texans will hold joint practices prior to the two teams first preseason game on August 8.
"I figured it out about 20 minutes after the call. I was hugging my dad and I told him that we have joint practices up here for that week too so that will be an amazing opportunity.I can't believe that that is going to be my first NFL game even if its just preseason. It's going to be amazing," Scharping said.
Texans coaches told him he would play guard and tackle when he gets to Houston in a few weeks.
He has already gotten a text from the first starting quarterback he will protect in the NFL, Deshaun Watson and looks forward to going against former Wisconsin star J.J. Watt.
"I'll be going against J.J. and Jadeveon Clowney quite a bit I'd imagine. It's going to be an amazing opportunity. Obviously they are two of the best defensive linemen in the league so being able to practice against guys like that -- it will help for sure because then going against other people will be relatively easier," Scharping said.
Scharping, is a 5th-year senior from Northern Illinois and started every possible game for Huskies and played every snap during his college career.
In addition, Scharping was a three-time All-Mid American selection while at NIU.
The former GBSW Trojan is now 6-foot-6, 327 pounds and allowed only one sack in the last three seasons at NIU.