Stave Still an Option

No offers yet, but no problem for Whitnall (Wis.) quarterback Joel Stave, who is hearing from a number of schools, including the University of Wisconsin.

MADISON – With his team's elimination in the first round of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament, quarterback Joel Stave has set his sights set on his future and where his commitment will be come this upcoming February.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Stave is coming off a spectacular season for Whitnall High (Greenfield, Wis.) where he finished as the state's fourth leading passer with 2,382 yards and 18 touchdowns.

This past offseason Stave was working on several areas of his game he knew he had to be better in to be successful this season.

"I worked on getting quicker and being more mobile in the pocket. I also worked on my velocity and being able to put the ball in tighter places," said Stave to Badger Nation.

Stave also did the normal things like working with the strength coach in the weight room and working on his quickness and agility. He also took some time to work with his wide receivers and getting to know them and their style of play.

The results showed, as Stave is currently the state's leading passer, throwing for 2,635 yards, completed 55.8 percent of his passes (188-for-337) and threw 22 touchdowns to eight interceptions.

"I like the strides I made," Stave said. "My natural size to play my position helps me play my position well and I feel I throw the ball as good as anyone at my position. I believe I showed that during the camps."

Keeping his options open until he gets his first offer, Stave doesn't have any visits lined up for the near future, but he has made visits to several schools including: Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Western Michigan, Akron and Wisconsin.

Wisconsin is still in play according to Stave, but it's dependent on what happens with two other prospects. The Badgers have made no secret their desire to have Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer (Fla.) High) as their one quarterback for the 2011 recruiting class.

If Brissett chooses to go elsewhere, the coaching staff has made inquiries into Richmond-Burton (Ill) High thrower Adam Pittser, who has told Badger Nation he would be very interested should the Badgers come through with an offer.

Stave has been a Wisconsin fan his whole life and has made visits to two games this season, including the Badgers victory over Ohio State.

"The OSU game really opened my eyes," said Stave, at a loss for words to describe the game. "It was such an amazing time."

If Stave commits to the Badgers, he knows they will be with the type of person/player he is on and off the field.

"I'm a good leader by the way I play and I would set a good example both in the weight room and the classroom for my teammates," said Stave.

With his season over, Stave plans to kick the recruiting process in to high gear and see what happens. Stave is no hurry to make a decision and plans to have his decision ready by February 1.

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