Staver committed to Pease and the Gators on Monday, becoming the first big prospect for the Gators’ OC since being hired Jan. 10.
“Coach Pease, he’s real straight forward, not a bull-crapper, not going to tell you that you’re all-this or all-that,” Staver said. “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.”
Staver, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound passing quarterback out of Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy, threw for 1,872 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, completing 63 percent of his passes, and throwing just four interceptions. He transferred to Brentwood after two seasons at Pope John Paul II High School in Hendersonville, Tenn.
He picked Florida over Alabama, Auburn and a host of others schools. Staver said both ‘Bama and Auburn were at the top of his list at one point or another during the process and that Florida came in just recently. Staver is the 17th commitment to the Gators 2013 recruiting class.
“I just really like the coaching staff,” Staver said. “They’re good guys, honest guys. They’re not there to flatter you and I know a lot of kids can’t swallow that type of personality, but that’s the greatest thing for me.
“At UF, they tell me that I’m a good quarterback, but they are going to be there to make me better. When I go to college, I want to keep improving on a daily basis and at UF I think I will do that.”
Staver said he’s quite aware of the quarterback situation and the battle between rising sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel and he has no certain map for how he’ll begin his UF journey.
“I can’t really say. I’ve been told it’s an ideal situation to go into,” Staver said. “I’m just going in there to compete and work my tail off … get after it. If I do thise things I can see myself starting a minimum of two years and maybe a maximum of three years, hard to say .. but I’m just going to compete and ball out every day.”
He realizes there is a huge SEC rivalry between UF and Tennessee, but that doesn’t concern the Pennsylvania native, who grew up a Penn State fan.
Penn State was not one of the schools courting him, nor was Tennessee, but he had plenty of colleges vying for his services.
“It’s Been a long process and I could go on and on in detail but … there were about 30 or 40 colleges that either contacted me or came to visit,” Staver said. “Two months ago my top schools were Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Then Florida came in to visit and I had to put them in the top four or five. I had to readjust a couple of times.”
He also started getting contacted by Washington State, Oregon State and UCLA before camping at Gainesville two weeks ago, and that pretty much sewed it up for Staver and the Gators.
Staver said he currently has no plans to visit other schools and his lone official visit will be to UF. He also said his next trip to Gainesville will be July 27 for Friday Night Lights.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun