HENDERSONVILLE, Tennessee—Max Staver, a 6’4” 187 lb freshman recently achieved Blackshirt status during the Performance Camp at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Max’s abilities and dedication to excellence have shaped him into one of the nations’ brightest young quarterback prospects.
Max has been a QB from the beginning. According to his father, Robert Staver, Max’s height and ability to see over the line caused his youth league coaches to position him at QB during Max’s first year of football—and Max proved a natural. “He could always throw” said Robert. And with his leadership ability and toughness, Max had all the intangibles.
But Robert understood that talent and potential are no guarantee of success. “We wanted something more for Max” Robert said, and the two began searching for some additional QB coaching.
Max found and attended a Darin Slack Quarterback camp in Fort Campbell, Kentucky and returned visibly better, adding distance and accuracy to his throws. “People noticed” said Robert, referring to Max’s coaches and other parents.
Max and Robert were believers. Max committed himself to his mechanics, improving markedly each year and earning the praise of Coach Slack. “Max caught on quick” Slack said, noting that Max is one of the youngest QB’s to “crack the code”.
Coach Slack’s feedback has galvanized Max’s commitment. “I work out everyday” said Max, “throwing footballs and lifting weights”. He is getting stronger, but wants to add power and strength to his frame.
Additionally, Max is working to perfect his footwork. He uses speed ladder and jump rope drills to improve his quickness and athleticism. “I am not the fastest,” said Max, “but I am getting better. Now I am able to move in the pocket and deliver a strike down field.”
With perspective and maturity beyond his years, Max is taking some advice from Joe Montana to heart: he is making choices that reflect his goals and values. “While my friends are going to parties, I am going to work.”
Max’s dedication is paying off—he has skyrocketed to the top of the QB ranks. Last summer, prior to his freshman year, Max stepped up for a 3rd place finish during competition drills at the Tulsa Power Camp. The first and second finishers? Fellow Blackshirts and Division I prospects Tommy Thornton (Colorado) and Sawyer Kollmorgen (Oklahoma).
Additionally, Max’s commitment has translated to on-field success. Max led his middle school teams to two championship game appearances, one league title and earned him a reputation as a big play freshman last year.
Max is eager to see what the future holds. “I want to start as a sophomore, compete for a state title and eventually earn a Division I scholarship.” he said.
With lofty goals, a commitment to improve and the pro-style passing offense employed by Pope John Paul II High School, the stage is set for one of QBA’s youngest and brightest stars to shine.