Staver Humbled by the Process

College football prospects have to learn to come to grips with the highs and lows of the recruiting process. Brentwood Academy quarterback Max Staver has already learned that all that glitters is certainly not gold even when it comes in a glossy envelope with the return address of household names in college coaching circles.

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"You know in the beginning there is just so much hype with everything," said Staver. "It's easy to get caught up in all of that.

"It was a bit of a blow when I saw three of my favorite schools decide to take other quarterbacks.

"It made me step back and really look at things more."

Staver currently holds offers from Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Northern Colorado and Tennessee State.

Several other programs including many from the SEC have shown some level of interest in the Volunteer state standout.

"I went to Mississippi State again yesterday," said Staver. "I had been there for a junior day, but this time was better because we had more time.

"I worked out some and threw a few balls, but not a whole lot.

"I got to take a tour and then we got to talk with Coach Mullen in his office for about an hour."

Staver reports that during the course of his conversation with the Bulldogs' head man he learned that he and Coach Dan Mullen have a few things in common.

"We're both from Philadelphia, so he had some stories to tell that sounded familiar to me," said Staver with a chuckle. "We talked about some of our memories of the Jersey shore."

Over the course of the last few months, Staver has had the chance to get to know Mullen and his area recruiting coach Angelo Mirando.

"I really like them," said Staver. "Coach Mullen is such a good guy. It's easy to talk with him.

"Coach Mirando is real down to Earth and I have a good relationship with him too.

"I got to watch some film with Coach (Les) Koenning and I liked that a lot. He's a really good guy too."

The tour of the Mississippi State campus seems to have made quite an impression on the talented signal caller.

"What they are doing with their facilities just speaks for itself," said Staver. "They are spending 25 million dollars on the new football facility and it's going to be state of the art.

"You can just tell that they are committed to football there.

"I know I would be part of something good if I decided to go there. They have the program going in the right direction."

While Staver liked what he heard from the Bulldogs' brain trust, he is not quite ready to make a decision.

"I am going down to Florida this weekend," said Staver. "How things go down there might determine when I make my decision.

"I am going to try to get up to Duke on Sunday if not a little later.

"I want to go to a few more camps and then see how things are."

Staver reports that he does not want to tarry longer than he has to when it comes to making a decision.

"I know I want to get it done before the end of the summer," said Staver. "To be honest, I will be glad to have all of this over with, but I am just not sure what I want to do yet.

"I feel like I will have a better idea after I take a few more visits.

"It's a long process and it might be even longer. I just want to be sure about what I want to do."


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