Staples had been recruited by McGee to UAB and was a standout freshman in the last season McGee was the head coach of the Blazers.
But after his sophomore season, UAB folded its football program and Staples needed a home. He ended up picking U of L over Auburn.
”Staples can play,” McGee said. “I knew that and I’m glad we were able to get him here because he’s going to be a big addition. He’ll really help us out.
”He’s a big, physical kid and runs really good routes.”
Staples enrolled back in January and participated in spring ball with the Cardinals. He has two years of eligibility remaining.
A native of Lineville, Ala., Staples had nearly 500 yards as a true freshman in McGee’s system at UAB. He had just over 100 last season in a year where he was hampered by injuries. He led the Blazers as a freshman in catches.
Staples is a key player at U of L because of the loss of so many top receivers. He’s one of at least five newcomers expected to see action.
”We have to clean up a few things in the fall with his fundamentals, like everyone, but he’s going to be good in the system,” McGee said. “He’s a really talented kid and he’s such a hard worker.
”We’re going to need him this season.”