Not only is Westfield High School senior quarterback Maximus Webster quite effective at the controls, it’s the intangibles that really impress Westfield coach Jake Gilbert.
âMaximus is one of the best pointers we’ve ever had here,â said Gilbert, who is in his 10th year as a coach. âHe’s as hard as nails. He plays extremely hard and is always prepared. Maximus cares about all his teammates and has the respect of the whole team. He’s a great mentor and big brother, but also a great peer who fits in with everyone. He’s an All-State player and an All-State person.
The 6-foot-2 Webster led Westfield to a 12-2 record in 2020, leading the Shamrocks to the Class 6A state title game before losing to Center Grove. After five games this season, Westfield was 4-1.
Webster had 28 touchdown passes and five interceptions last season. His completion percentage was almost 66%, which was an academic record.
âHe’s very precise and throws a very catchable ball,â said Gilbert. “Maximus has a strong arm but can throw with touch when needed.”
In the first five games of this season, his completion percentage was 71.2%.
âMy main goal for this year was just to increase my completion percentage,â said Webster. âI wanted to increase my accuracy and throw the ball where the defense gives you and not try to force things down the field. I think my reading covers have improved significantly, âhe said. âIt’s just another year under my belt to see some new covers. It certainly helped.
His leadership capacity has also taken a step forward.
âI have a better connection with the guys,â he said. âThere are people who admire me this year. I learned from the mistakes I made.
Webster made a verbal commitment to pursue his football career at Ball State University.
âWhen I was there talking to the coaches I felt right at home,â he said. âEven the players would come to me in the middle of practice and tell me what they liked about the campus and the team. It all felt so authentic. It’s a winning program. They are also close to home, so my parents will be able to go to the games.
Webster’s first offer came from Columbia University in the Ivy League.
Webster was a fifth and sixth year linebacker on a Westfield travel football team. He first played quarterback in seventh grade for his college team.
âI played football, basketball and baseball growing up throughout my freshman year,â he said. “The second year, I decided to quit basketball.”
Webster plays the shortstop for the Shamrocks baseball team.
âI started out largely as a freshman in baseball, which also helped me become a leader,â he said. “I think playing multiple sports helps me not only as an athlete, but also as a person.”
Meet Westfield quarterback Maximus Webster
- College plans: Planning to play football and majoring in finance at Ball State University
- Favorite subject: Math
- Favorite TV Show: “External banks”
- Favorite athlete: Drew Brees
- Dream vacation spot: Dubai