Vanderbilt excites 2014 QB

Vanderbilt had this 2014 quarterback on their campus less than a week ago and they became the first school to offer him a scholarship Wednesday morning.

"I called the coaches this morning afer talkung yesterday and they offered me a scholarship," Elijah Staley told Scout. "When we talked on Tuesday, they told me to call back today after they get my transcripts. I called back and I got the offer."

The 6-foot-7, 205 pound signal caller out of Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler talked to two different Vandy coaches.

"Coach Bankins officially offered me the scholarship and I talked to him and Coach Franklin.

"Coach Franklin told me they really loved how I throw the ball, that they love my size, they feel I fit into their system, and they feel I am very coachable."

The Vanderbilt coaches got a good look at Staley up close last Friday when the rising junior camped there.

The left-handed quarterback impressed the staff at Vanderbilt and Vanderbilt impressed Staley.

"I really like the coaching staff; They are very personalbe, they are easy to talk to, and the head coach is great. He walked around with me during the tour and I really liked the school overall."

Staley is known more right now as a basketball prospect, but he is really starting to generate interest in football too.

Boston College, College of Charleston, Georgetown, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Ole Miss have offered him to play hoops on their campus, but getting his first offer to play football really stood out to him Wednesday morning.

"It feels better than when I got my first basketball offer," Staley said about getting the first football offer. "I was so hype after I got off the phone and it makes me want to keep working for more. I want to be one of the top players in my class, so that is what I am shooting for."

Staley is very interested in Vanderbilt, but he is still keeping his options open.

Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Wisconsin are some of the other schools showing interest in him right now.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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