QB Options for Wisconsin

With Wisconsin looking to take one quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class, the Badgers have kept Jacoby Brissett in their sights. Whether that works out or not, Wisconsin appears to be in good standing to have Whitnall (QB) Joel Stave join the program.

MADISON - Throughout the recruiting process, Wisconsin has been frugal with their scholarship offers to quarterbacks. After nine months the Badgers are currently waiting on one player, Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer High School), to make his decision. The Badgers are currently in Brissett's final group of schools and he made an official visit to Wisconsin for the Ohio State game during October.

Therefore, everything hinges on his recruitment for Wisconsin. If Brissett commits to the Badgers, they will be done with quarterbacks for the Class of 2011. If he decides to go elsewhere, Wisconsin could opt to get two quarterbacks in the Class of 2012, or turn to other options like Joel Stave from Whitnall High School (Greenfield, WI).

The 6-foot 5, 210-pound quarterback recently made an unofficial visit to Wisconsin this past Saturday.

"That was my third game I went to this year. What I had done in the past is I had gone there and gone in and talked to some of the coaches and other recruits before the game, but we got a flat tire before the game. So we got there about a half hour before the game. I still went out on the field and everything, but it wasn't like my other two visits. I talked to Coach Bielema for a little bit. He came over when I was on the sideline and side ‘hi' and everything, but that was about it."

Stave was impressed by what the Badgers were doing on the field and will return to Madison for an unofficial visit next weekend (12/4).

"The Badgers are playing some very good football right now. I'm glad Bret is getting it done. I have been a Badger fan my whole life, so I'm excited about them probably getting into the Rose Bowl and winning the Big Ten, or at least part of the Big Ten."

As far as his recruitment goes, Stave continues to evaluate his options, but his status with Wisconsin is still up in the air.

"I know they are still waiting on Brissett, the guy from Florida. I guess when he decides where he wants to go, then we will go from there. Other than that, I'm not really sure what the situation looks like. I guess some people said I have preferred walk-on offer, but we haven't really talked about what kind of offer I have. They have just said be patient."

While Stave waits for Wisconsin to make a decision on what kind of offer he has, he has started to gain interest from a few schools around the Midwest.

Stave has gotten interest from a number of division 2 schools, as well as Akron and Western Michigan, to go along with Wisconsin.

During his senior season, Stave threw for about 2600 yards and 22 TD in 10 games. He led his Whitnall High team to a 4-6 record.

During the summer Stave traveled around the Midwest to a number of camps. He showed coaches what he could do, along with getting advice and tips on becoming a better quarterback.

"I have the natural size to play quarterback. I throw the ball well, and I think I have gotten much better at understanding defenses and getting rid of the ball quickly. At most of the camps the coaches said I did a lot of things well, but there were always things that I could do better. You can always get better at every part of the position, but I think I could always get faster and have better footwork. Seeing as I have been playing in the spread offense my entire high school career, I could definitely improve my footwork."

During his recruitment, Stave has gotten to know the staff at Wisconsin well, and even attended the camp there too.

"I worked with Coach Chryst quite a bit. I really like him. I thought he was a great coach. I really like the coaching staff. I think they are good guys and they really have the team going in the right direction."

While he continues to wait on Wisconsin, Stave continues to evaluate the schools recruiting him.

"I'm not in a huge hurry to make decision right now. I would say hopefully by January."

Stave is currently rated as a two-star prospect and the 110th best quarterback in the Class of 2011.

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