"At the end of the Louisville camp, Coach [Shawn] Watson pulled me aside and talked to me about the interest they had in me. After that, he told me they were going to offer me a scholarship," said Max Staver.
It is the first offer for the 6-foot-5, 230 pound quarterback out of Brentwood (TN) Brentwood Academy. He is happy about it.
"I feel like I am finally over the hump. It feels great to have that first offer and I have a lot of interest in Louisville. I thought I had one of my best days throwing the ball at their camp and I really like their coaches. I really like how Coach Watson is focused on building that relationship with me. It is early, but Louisville is definitely up there on my list now."
The in-state program liked what they saw in Staver earlier this month and they invited him back to Knoxville in July.
"Tennessee wants me to come and visit them again next month so we can watch some game film and work on my mechanics. They are really showing a lot of interest in me and I think they are an awesome school."
The Vols want to keep their top in-state talent at home and while Staver may live their now, that is not where he is from, and UT was not his favorite school growing up.
"My dad went to Penn State and I am actually from the Philadelphia area," he said. "My favorite school has always been Penn State, but I am open to everyone. I am going to see what schools fit me the best and just see who all offers me."
Staver missed the 2010 season with a torn tendon in a finger on his throwing hand, so he is ready to break out in 2011. He plans to visit Tennessee again in July and he may take a trip out to Stanford as well.