Fast-rising QB Staver high on Alabama

Quarterback Max Staver from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy is starting to turn heads. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

After an impressive performance at the Elite 11 camp and NFTC in Atlanta this weekend, quarterback Max Staver could soon see his recruitment take off. The 6-foot-6, 238-pound gunslinger was easily one of the best quarterbacks from the weekend.

Currently, Staver holds offers from Louisville, Mississippi State, and Tennessee State, but he’s been hearing a lot from Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Purdue, Tennessee and Virginia.

The Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy signal caller visited Tuscaloosa recently for practice, and now Alabama is one of the main schools he’s hoping will offer. He says the UA coaching staff is very high on him, but they want to see him throw in person first.

“Honestly, they’re No. 1 or No. 2 right now for me,” Staver said. “It’s obvious it’s the best (program) right now in the country. I think the depth chart is favorable right now for a 2013 quarterback to come in.

“I’ve always liked Alabama. If you look at the history of it, there’s no other school like it. The tradition is great, good atmosphere, big stadium, big crowd, and you have a connection with the NFL with Coach (Nick) Saban.”

Staver has visited Auburn and Purdue multiple times and believes both of those schools may also be close to pulling the trigger on an offer. He’s expecting a number of schools, including Alabama, to come see him throw when Brentwood begins spring practice.

For Staver, the main thing he’s looking for is his relationship with the coaching staff. At UA, he grew close with former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain before he left, and he has already started building a relationship with McElwain’s replacement, Doug Nussmeier.

“The No. 1 thing is relationships,” Staver said. “Football is a vehicle to something better in life. It serves a greater purpose. It’s just a sport, but it’s something we all love and we have to pursue.

“You’re basically going to be married in a sense to your coaches within the four years that you are there, and you have to love them. They’re going to help you through situations in life, off and on the field, and make you a better man.”

For now, Staver plans to keep going to camps and getting his name out there. He’s not ranked very high in most recruiting sites’ rankings, but that hasn’t stopped him from going out and outperforming prospects who are ranked higher than him.

“I see all these quarterbacks on the internet, and everybody’s talking big about them,” Staver said. “I’m only a two- or three-star on most things, but I’ve been to camps and competed against a lot of guys who are four-stars, and I’ve whooped their (butt), basically.”