Brentwood Academy’s Max Staver is well known in Tennessee and in recruiting circles, but the 6’5 pro-style QB’s profile spiked in June when he committed to Florida from the SEC, a conference which has won every national championship since 2006. “They have a rich tradition there, and I love the offensive style of (offensive coordinator) Coach Pease. My dream is to win a national championship, and it’s something I’ll have the chance to do at Florida.”
He’ll be a Gator in 2013, but he is an Eagle for now and leads one of the top teams in the state under new head coach Cody White. The change doesn’t sway Staver in the least. “I’ve played in four offensive systems in four years, so there wasn’t much of a transition when Coach White got here. There are some small changes with timing on routes, but he’s done a great job with the whole team and he brings good experience.”
Brentwood Academy made eight state title game appearances from 2000-2008, last winning in 2006, but they have not been back since. Staver is working to change that.
As a starter in 2011, he threw for 1,875 yards, 18 touchdowns to only four interceptions and a 60.1 completion percentage. The Eagles finished 8-2, their only losses coming to Rivals High national champions Trinity and state champions Ensworth. They picked up a first-round playoff win before their season ended, but they are expected to make another good showing this season.
Brentwood Academy’s 2012 got off to a bittersweet start as they traveled to Nashville to play the aforementioned Trinity. The Eagles came out strong and the game was tied at 23 going into the half.
Trinity secured the win in the second half, but they won’t soon forget the scare put forth by Staver and the Eagles. “There were a few plays that just didn’t go our way, and we came out flat in the second half. But MBA (Montgomery Ball Academy) took Trinity to the fourth quarter a couple weeks ago. MBA are our main rivals, and we just beat them 24-6. It was the Great American Rivalry Series Game of the Week.”
The team’s tough tests don’t end there.
Ensworth is the top team in the state and a league rival. The reigning Tennessee champs host Brentwood Academy on Oct. 19. Ensworth’s opponent in the last two title games, Baylor, will also host the Eagles on Sep. 28.
With the season in full gear, Staver has less time for personal NFA training but the lessons don’t stop. “I still call Will Hewlett for advice on my mechanics. I actually talked to him recently, and the tips he gave me really paid off.”
Staver has been NFA-trained since the age of 11, attending approximately 25 offseason camps and clinics since that time. As of publishing, he has started three games this season with totals of 530 passing yards, seven touchdowns and only one interception.