After seemingly striking out again and again when it came to bringing in a quarterback as part of the 2013 recruiting class, the Florida Gators received some good news on Monday when three-star signal caller Max Staver (Brentwood, TN) officially received his offer and committed to join the program on the spot.
Listed as the 27th-best quarterback available by Rivals but ranked as the No. 251 overall recruit in the nation and a four-star prospect by ESPN, Staver’s size (6’5″ 235 lbs.) and arm are two of his major strengths. He will have plenty of time to improve as a reserve with the Gators seeing as UF currently has at least four players in front of him – sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel, incoming freshman Skyler Mornhinweg and redshirt sophomore Tyler Murphy.
Head coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease both said separately this offseason that they plan to gain a commitment from at least one quarterback each cycle. Despite the fact that some of Florida’s top prospects at the position decided to commit elsewhere for a variety of reasons – an occurrence that led many to believe the Gators should hold off on adding a quarterback this year – the coaching staff persisted and came away with a solid player.
Staver chose Florida over over Mississippi State and Memphis. He is the 18th member of the team’s 2013 class and sixth offensive playmaker (three wide receivers, two running backs) but just the fifth overall to commit from outside the state.
Staver is the seventh QB the Gators have earned a pledge from since 2009 though two are no longer playing the position. His commitment was first reported by ESPN.