Over the next several weeks, Gator Country will talk with the members of the 2013 recruiting class. We’re asking each recruit 20 questions in an effort to let the fans get to know a little bit more about each player both on and off the field.
Today we spoke with Max Staver, a quarterback out of Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Staver is a 6’6”, 235-pound pocket passer who can really throw the football. He has great wrist action in his quick throwing motion that causes the ball to jump out of his hand.
Staver will enroll this summer and should jump right in to the backup quarterback position battle.
Q1: What was the craziest recruiting pitch you heard during your whole recruiting process?
Max Staver: I never really heard anything crazy. All the coaches I talked with really told me straight up how it was going to be. It was all pretty straight forward.
Q2: Why did you choose Florida?
MS: It was just a good fit overall. Florida’s coaching staff, I really like them all. They’re all about developing you as a person. So that was one of the reasons and it was about building relationships. It’s something different from Tennessee. It will be good to get away and get in a different climate. Those two things and the football is obviously top-notch, so are the academics. It’s just an overall good fit. You look at every category, Florida’s up there in the country. No one thing really stood out, it was just a good overall fit.
Q3: What was the most creative recruiting pitch you heard?
MS: I’d say when Mississippi State would send me letters, they would draw me pictures. They’d get pretty funny. They would draw different stuff saying we need you, you’re a baller, and you’re a stud, just different ways to spell out how they wanted me. Coach Mirando, who used to be their wide receivers coach, was the one always up to that. He was a really good artist.
Q4: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
MS: Not really. I don’t try to get too jacked up or hyped up, I try to stay calm and focused.
Q5: What is the highlight of your career so far?
MS: I would say every year playing our rival school, Montgomery Bell Academy. Every year I played really well against them and that’s our biggest rival here in Nashville. We massacred them both years I was here so those would be my two favorite times.
Q6: Orange or Blue?
Q7: What number are you going to wear next year and is there any significance to why you chose that number?
MS: I’m going to wear #12. There’s not really any significance to why I picked it. I told the coaches I would like to wear either 5,7,10 or 12. Ahmad Fulwood, they do everything based on how early you commit, so Ahmad was one of the first ones and he had #5. 7 wasn’t available, 10 Tyler Murphy already had so 12 was the last one and that’s what I chose.
Q8: If you could date one celebrity who would it be and why?
MS: Mila Kunis. Just cause she’s hot.
Q9: What NFL player do you model your game after?
MS: You know, to be honest, I don’t try to model my game after anybody. I think every quarterback and every player is their own player and they should play the way they want to. But to answer that question, the style of play I like the best is similar to Andrew Luck. I like how he is on and off the field. I don’t really model myself after him but I definitely respect the way he plays.
Q10: Who are your favorite pro sports teams? MLB? NBA? NFL?
MS: Everything Philadelphia. That’s where I’m from originally before I moved down to Nashville.
Q11: Xbox or PlayStation?
MS: I don’t play video games.
Q12: If you won the lottery what would be the first thing that you would buy?
MS: A boat.
Q13: What’s playing on your iPod before a game?
MS: Intense instrumental kind of war music. Like from the movies 300 or Gladiator.
Q14: Who’s your favorite NFL player?
MS: Andrew Luck.
Q15: LeBron or Kobe?
MS: I really don’t watch basketball but I’ll say LeBron.
Q16: Who’s your favorite former Gator and why?
MS: Tim Tebow.
Q17: What sport would you play if you couldn’t play football?
Q18: What’s your favorite TV show?
Q19: What are your favorite sports related and non-sports related movies?
MS: All the Dark Knight movies and Remember the Titans.
Q20: What is one thing about you that most Gator fans don’t know?
MS: I would say that I can dance alright.