Waiting on Others

One of the top passers in the state of Wisconsin, Whitnall quarterback Joel Stave moved up the Badgers' recruiting board with a solid summer camp. But UW waiting on the decision of another quarterback, Stave is in a holding pattern.

MADISON - With five quarterbacks on the roster, the University of Wisconsin isn't in a position of need when trying to recruit a signal caller for the 2011 recruiting class.

It's more of a position of want, especially when a pure thrower like Jacoby Brissett is on the market. Hailing from Dwyer High, Brissett had traveled to Madison and worked out with Paul Chryst, further enamoring the Offensive Coordinator to the point where he is willing to wait on his decision before offering another thrower.

One of the quarterbacks in a holding pattern is 6-foot-5, 210-pound Whitnall High (Greenfield, Wis.) QB Joel Stave, one of the top throwers in the state of Wisconsin.

"They have that one offer out to him, so I am just waiting for Jacoby," Stave told Badger Nation. "If he doesn't go to Wisconsin, we'll see what happens with me. I've been talking to Coach Chryst through email and I know my coach has been talking to Coach Bostad some. I think we've been keeping in touch to the point where I think they are still interested."

Stave hit Big Ten camps at Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue and also hit Akron, Cincinnati, North Dakota State, Southern Illinois and Western Michigan. Stave also participated in the EA Sports Elite 11 camp, helping him gear for the long summer camp circuit and his trip to Wisconsin.

"I've heard about all these highly touted kids from Ohio and the Midwest so to be able to compete with them and see how I stack up was a big help." Stave said. "That gave me the confidence that I can compare myself to them.

"I thought the (UW) camp went really well," Stave said. "I thought I threw the ball pretty good and showed them that I am able to play with my size and everything. They said that I looked a little different on film, which is because I have gotten bigger since last season."

One of the keys for Stave coming to Wisconsin's camp was to show the coaches, particularly Chryst, how well rounded of a quarterback he can be. Although finishing as the state's fourth leading passer with 2,382 yards and 18 touchdowns, Stave plays in an offense that does more of its plays using the shotgun.

With Chryst having Stave throw out of five and seven-step drops, the senior-to-be thrower showed how quickly he was able to pick up on new techniques.

"I think Coach Chryst liked the way I was able to pick up on his teaching and show my athleticism to be able to do that," Stave said. "It wasn't too tough, since I had done it before at some camps and tried to go quicker and stay balanced. I think between all the camps, I was able to learn a lot and by the time I went to Wisconsin, I was able to do it better."

Still searching for offer number one, Stave has gotten positive feedback at all of his stops with coaches commenting that he has moved up on their recruiting board.

"Not a whole lot of people knew about me before I went to their camp," Stave said. "Pretty much every Division 1 school has an offer out to someone. I am just waiting to see where they go and hopefully some of their offers will come to me."

Wisconsin is expected to take one quarterback in 2011 and has taken only one quarterback in the last six recruiting cycles.


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