Staley Stays Busy with Hoops and Gridiron

Elijah Staley is one busy kid. After finishing up a successful summer with the Southern Stampede grassroots program, the Wheeler High junior quickly laced up his cleats and led his high school football team on the gridiron as a 6'7 quarterback.

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After finishing the football season, Staley was planning on sitting out his high school's basketball season and playing just AAU ball, but with the support of his mother, he decided to get back on the hardwood. It would be hard to argue that it was a poor decision on his part; after already putting together a 40 point, 16 rebound, 6 blocks, and 3 assist game, the athletic swingman is averaging around 18 points and 8 rebounds per game entering into the new year.

The two sport standout seems to be really enjoying the downtime before heading back to school next Tuesday. All of the travelling and recruiting attention has Staley pondering what sport he will focus in on in college. Staley's first love was football, but after picking up basketball in eighth grade, each sport seems like they are equal levels with the talented junior.

He would like to be able to play both sports in college, but understands a choice might have to be made between the two. Vanderbilt is the only school up to this point that has offered him for his talents on the gridiron. However, Staley already carries around fourteen offers for his basketball talents; among those schools are Alabama, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Miami, Auburn, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, and College of Charleston. Staley has already visited Tech, Georgia, and Alabama, yet he seemed pretty high on Georgia Tech. "They call me all the time. Coach (Brian) Gregory and I have a real good relationship. We are real cool."

If Staley looks to play just football in college, Georgia Tech doesn't seem like it will be his decision. Unlike his favorite player, Cam Newton, Staley is more of a spread offense kind of quarterback, which contrasts with the option scheme that the Yellow Jackets favor.

While taking a football visit to Tech, Staley called Coach Brian Gregory and the two of them spent some time together . "We hung out from like 12 to 11pm." Gregory seems to have already made a nice impression with the local standout and after recently visiting for the Yellow Jackets victory over Alabama State in mid-December, Staley is hoping to get back on campus for Georgia Tech's conference opener against Miami this Saturday.

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