Bobby Petrino and the University of Louisville football team picked up a key transfer this afternoon as UAB transfer Jamari Staples picked the Cards over Auburn and a few other suitors. Staples, who was originally recruited to UAB by current UofL offensive coordinator Garrick McGee, appeared in 9 games in 2014, hauling in 9 catches for 190 yards and a touchdown. In 2013 as a true freshman under McGee, Staples had a more productive output, catching 31 passes for 458 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Because UAB abolished their program so suddenly following the 2014 season, all players were allowed to transfer with immediate eligibility under NCAA guidelines. That means Staples will be a true junior next season and will have two years of eligibility remaining. At 6’4, 195 lbs, Staples fills a sizable gap for the Louisville receiving corps which lost a plethora of talent, including DeVante Parker, Eli Rogers, Matt Milton and Kai De La Cruz.
You can check out some of his old high school footage below: