Former UAB wide receiver Jamari Staples picks Louisville over Auburn

When the UAB football program disbanded late last year, Cards fans wondered if the Louisville and former UAB coach Garrick McGee (Current Louisville OC) would make a move. Today CardNation got their answer when former UAB WR Jamari Staples, who is eligible immediately, chose to play for the Cards over Auburn.

The 6’4 190 lbs receiver was an All-State player in the state of Alabama coming out of high school. As a freshman at UAB, Staples caught 31 passes for 459 yards and 4 touchdowns. His sophomore campaign was hampered by an injury but Staples still managed to average nearly 21 yards a catch. Staples was recruited to UAB by Coach Garrick McGee and should have no problem jumping right into the Louisville offensive system and contributing. Follow Jamari Staples on twitter @2_GotDaJuice


2013: Played in 10 games, starting eight of those … missed contests vs. Middle Tennessee and Marshall due to injury … finished season second on the team in receptions with 31 … had 458 receiving yards to average impressive 14.8 yards per catch … notched four receiving touchdowns … had a season-long reception of 45 yards against East Carolina … had a 42-yard catch in opener at Troy … notched a 33-yard catch at LSU … in collegiate debut at Troy, he had six catches for season-high 103 yards with a touchdown … equaled season-best six receptions in victory at FIU … registered receiving touchdowns in four of first five games … recorded five catches for 78 yards at East Carolina … went without a reception in only one game (Rice) that he played.

High School: Attended Central High School … played on both sides of the ball at Central but expected to play wide receiver at UAB … was named a Class 4A first-team all-state selection by Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) … listed as No. 47 prospect in Alabama by Rivals … named to Anniston Star All-Area squad … registered 574 receiving yards and three touchdowns … on the defensive side, he recorded 41 tackles and four interceptions … played for Clay County High School up until senior year when Clay merged with Lineville into one school.

Personal: Born Sept. 10, 1994 at Ashland, Ala. … son of Ametrice Burney (deceased) and Henry Staples … major is undecided.

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