"I got an offer from Florida back in September," Staley said. "That was a shock. I was at school and we got a fax in the office. I couldn't believe it."
Staley, ranked as the No. 8 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, grew up following the Gators and says they're still one of the schools recruiting him the most.
Unfortunately, Staley has never visited Gainesville but hopes to this summer. "I really want to go visit them," he said. "The coaches seem pretty cool and I just like how they always do well.
"I talked to coach Urban Meyer and he seems like a good guy," he said.
The Gamecocks are only 15 minutes away from his house. "That ain't no factor," he said about the distance. "I'd like to get away a little bit probably for a while. That would make it fun to come back."
He says that along with Florida, South Carolina is the other program that is paying the most attention. "My old teammate (sophomore fullback Dalton Wilson) goes there," he said. "I actually know a few guys there already. It would be cool to be around people I know."
The local Gamecocks are the only school that Staley has already visited.
This summer he also hopes to visit Miami as well.
"Miami has great tradition," Staley said. "They're kind of known for defense. They were also my dad's favorite school before he passed away."
Another school that Staley admits he's curious to check out is Colorado. "I don't know much about them," he said. "They're a bit away and I want to see what it's like over there. It's something new."
Staley hasn't attended any junior days and isn't sure which camps he'll be participating in this summer. "I know I'll go to a few," he said.
He says he won't make a decision until after his senior season. "I'll do it after the season," he said. "I want to take some official visits and be able to think about it for a while.
"I want a good school where I can go play football and stay out of trouble and just be my best," he said. "I'll see what's the best fit."
Staley finished his senior season with 90 total tackles on defense. He was also a versatile offensive threat and had 1,300 yard rushing and 980 yards receiving with 35 total offensive touchdowns.
"I read the offenses well," he said. "I can read the quarterback good and I move well. I can see the whole field and know where to go."
He says he can bench 285-pound and squat 500.
"I'm trying to improve my speed and footwork a bit more," he said.
Staley's academics need some work and he reports a 2.4 core GPA and took the ACT for the first time on April 10.