Louisville Cardinals wide receiver Jamari Staples may not be a household name, but he is garnering some serious praise that should make football fans immediately take notice.
Staples, who began his career at UAB, came on strong for the Cardinals late last season. After missing the first four games of 2015, Staples was able to finish the final eight-game stretch of the season as strong as any wide receiver in the nation.
The 6-foot-4 pass catcher hauled in 35 catches for 616 yards and three touchdowns in the final eight games.
Now, many believe he is poised for a breakout campaign. Garrick McGee, who is now offensive coordinator at Indiana and previously coached Staples at UAB and Louisville, delivered the highest of Staples’ praise.
“I think he’s one of the most under-recruited players in college football history,” said McGee, via ESPN.com. “Jamari could start for any college in the country.”
McGee later said he believes Staples will go on to have a long NFL career.
At 6-foot-4 and with a 41-inch vertical, it’s easy to see why NFL scouts would be drooling for a player of this caliber. And if he can put together a full season of impressive tape, he could continue to boost his draft stock.
It will be interesting to see how Staples performs in 2016 now that there will be some extra eyes on him, but regardless of what happens, it is great to see a kid who only had to FBS offers out of high school — UAB and Western Kentucky — excelling and setting himself up for future success.