The sky is the limit for quarterback Max Staver, and it’s going to be fun watching how high he is going to fly.
The six-year QBA/NFA quarterback has blossomed into a 6-foot-5, 230-pound offensive weapon that excels in the pro-style system.
“Max Staver throws the 18-yard comeback better than any high school QB in the country and quite possibly better than most starting BCS college quarterbacks currently,” said QBA/NFA Coach Will Hewlett. “I have no doubt Max will succeed at the next level as he’s has always risen to the occasion.”
The University of Florida is the next level for Staver.
On Monday, June 18, Staver committed to the Gators after also being recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State and a host of other schools.
Staver will continue his development under Brent Pease, Florida’s new offensive coordinator.
“Coach Pease, he’s real straight forward, he’s not going to tell you that you’re all this or all that,” Staver told the Orlando Sentinel. “I don’t need someone who is going to lie to my face. I need someone to be honest with me and to help me keep improving.”
After transferring to Brentwood from Pope John Paul II in Hendersonville, Tenn., following his sophomore season, Staver beat out Nick Givens for the starting QB job and led the Eagles to a 9-3 record.
As he returns for his senior year at Brentwood Academy, Staver will try topping some impressive numbers from 2011.
Staver completed 121 of 199 passes as a junior and 13 went for touchdowns. He also piled up 1,522 total yards through the air.
And as the stat sheet indicates, Staver got even better as the season progressed.
In Brentwood’s 11th game, Staver connected on 15 of 21 passes for 153 yards and threw a touchdown during a 35-7 win over McCallie.
In the Eagles’ final game — against Pope John Paul II — Staver completed 12 of 19 passes for 166 yards and threw 3 touchdowns.
While he has the ideal size and arm strength for a drop-back quarterback, Staver is athletic enough to tuck the football under his arm and run.
As a junior at Brentwood, Staver carried the ball 52 times and gained 148 yards while scoring 3 touchdowns.
Much like his passing exploits, Staver improved as a runner through the season. He carried 9 times for 73 yards and a touchdown in the 35-7 win over McCallie and followed up with 28 yards and a TD on 6 carries in the season finale against Pope John Paul II.
Rather than rest on his impressive accomplishments, Staver has continued working on his game and gearing up for his senior season at Brentwood Academy.
Staver was heavily recruited, and Florida emerged as an intriguing destination.
The pairing makes a lot of sense.
Staver is a big-time quarterback, and the Gators are looking for another player like Tim Tebow to make an impact at the key position.
Under first-year head coach Will Muschamp last season, Florida was not much of a factor in the rugged Southeastern Conference, going 3-5 in the East division and finishing behind Georgia and South Carolina.
Even more alarming, the Gators (7-6 overall) ranked 89th among FBS schools with 185.7 passing yards per game.
Earlier in June, Staver visited Gainesville and threw for Florida coaches. It was a productive trip for Staver, who said he was “on fire” during the throwing session.
The Gators obviously felt the same way, which is why they were so anxious to add Staver to the program.
“At UF, they tell me that I’m a good quarterback but they are going to be there to make me better,” Staver said. “When I go to college, I want to keep improving on a daily basis and at UF I think I will do that.”