In the past 30 days, Florida’s quarterback board has been all over the place.
It started back on May 16, when Cooper Bateman (Salt Lake City, Utah/Cottonwood Senior) committed to Alabama. He was Florida’s top target for quite some time and the Gators had appeared to be in good shape.
UF then turned its attention to Ryan Buchanan (Jackson, Miss./Jackson Prep), who unofficially visited with his family on May 26 and said there was a possibility he could commit in the days that followed. But Buchanan decided to make a trip to nearby Ole Miss the next weekend and then chose the Rebels on June 4.
Despite the disappointment, it was assumed that Florida would have no trouble landing Tim Boyle (Middletown, Conn./Xavier). The lifelong Gator fan also visited on May 26 and wanted to commit on the trip, but the coaching staff told him he had to wait on Buchanan’s decision. So Boyle did and then made his two days later — to Boston College.
It was a big shock to say the least, but UF was not out of options yet. Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park was scheduled to throw for the coaches on the opening day of Florida’s football camp and expected to earn an offer. Surprisingly, Woulard was a no-show and re-committed to USF on Friday.
But even though Woulard didn’t come on June 9, the Gators still found their quarterback on that day — and he’s better than the last three they’ve pursued.
ESPN300 member Max Staver (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) came out of nowhere to steal the show and outshine every signal caller that camped. The 6-foot-6, 238-pounder quickly became the guy UF coach Will Muschamp and offensive coordinator Brent Pease wanted.
“It was awesome,” Staver said of his workout with the coaches. “I met with them for two hours afterward. We talked about their offense, what their looking for at the position and their decision time on offering a quarterback. They said I’m now their No. 1 guy.”
Shortly after his visit, Staver said that Florida and Mississippi State were his top two schools. But UF took the outright lead on June 11 after the Bulldogs got Cord Sanburg (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee).
Staver favors the Gators because of the bond he’s built with the coaching staff and the 2013 recruiting class they’ve assembled.
“You’re kind of in a sense married to a school for four or five years,” Staver said. “So you have to like the relationships you have there and I really do with the coaches at Florida. Another really appealing thing is the recruiting class they’re putting together. They’re No. 2 in the country right now. So the talent is definitely there and that’s real awesome.”
“Florida has one of the best football programs in the SEC, great academics and a great college atmosphere. I think it’s just an overall good fit for me.”
Staver said the coaches told him they would offer the quarterback they want at the conclusion of camp. With Woulard now off the board, Staver should be getting some good news soon.
“There’s a couple other guys they’re looking at in camp,” Staver said. “At the end of the evaluation they’ll probably give me an offer and I’ll go from there.”