Rankings 247 Composite: 90.
National overall: No. 244, National by position: No. 8, State overall: No. 37
Max Staver, QB, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 238 Class: 2013
Recruiting Buzz: The Gators had hoped junior college transfer Tanner McEvoy would come in and become Jeff Driskel’s back-up next season. But McEvoy’s committed to Wisconsin on Monday to leave the race wide open.
Even so, Staver would be a real longshot among an inexperienced group. Other than Driskel, redshirt junior Tyler Murphy, who has appeared in only three games and never thrown a pass, and 2012 signee Skyler Mornhinweg are the only Gators’ quarterbacks on scholarship.
Based on rankings, Staver is the lowest-rated player in Florida’s 2013 class and the nation’s 36th-rated quarterback. But Staver is a natural thrower with good size and a lot of upside as a pocket passer at the college level.
Staver threw for 38 touchdowns the past two seasons, including 18 as a senior, when he also threw for 1,937 yards.
Rankings 247 Composite: 84.
National overall: No. 833, National by position: No. 36, State overall: No. 16
Kelvin Taylor, RB, Glades Day School
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 216 Class: 2013
Recruiting Buzz: The son of former Florida and Jacksonville Jaguars great Fred Taylor, Kelvin Taylor was born to be a Gators’ running back.
Taylor will have big shoes to fill - his father totaled 3,792 yards (3,075 rushing) at Florida. The younger Taylor does not have the top-end speed of his father, but has many of the tools - footwork, instincts, balance, toughness - he will need to make his own mark with the Gators.
Taylor, ranked the nation’s No. 2 running back by 247Sports, rushed for 12,121 yards and scored a state-record 191 touchdowns in five seasons at Glades Day, including as an eighth-grader. He led his team to state 2A titles in 2009 and 2010.
Rankings 247 Composite: 98.
National overall: No. 22, National by position: No. 2, State overall: No. 5