2014 QB Elijah Staley Visits MSU

Wheeler (GA) High School quarterback Elijah Staley, one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2014, and his parents visited Mississippi State Monday.

  • Name: Elijah Staley
  • Classification: 2014
  • High School: Wheeler (Marietta, GA) High School
  • Position: Quarterback
  • HT-WT: 6-6, 200
  • Colleges of Interest: Numerous colleges in both football and basketball

  • Elijah and his step-father, Mr. Campbell, were both impressed with what they saw while on the visit.

    "This was our first time to visit (Mississippi State)," said his step-father, Mr. Campbell. "The campus was extremely nice. Their (football) facility was real nice, one of the nicest that we have seen. We also got to visit the basketball facility. It was really nice, too. (Starkville) is a nice college town. We even got the chance to eat at one of the hamburgers places there, a place called Mugshots."

    "I loved the visit," said Elijah. "It was probably my best visit so far. (MSU head) Coach (Dan) Mullen was probably one of the best head coaches that I have talked to, cool-wise. He explained his background to me, what he would do to improve the quarterback, what he looks for in his quarterbacks."

    Mr. Campbell, like Elijah, is also a Dan Mullen fan.

    "Mullen was real nice, a very pleasant guy," he said. "I've always been a fan of Mullen's and how he coaches his quarterbacks. I was very impressed with him after meeting him in person."

    Mr. Campbell is also impressed with the MSU coach that is Elijah's primary recruiter, MSU defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.

    "Geoff Collins was a real nice guy," said Mr. Campbell. "He is the coach recruiting (Elijah). I talk to him all the time. We talk back and forth on twitter. They can't contact us right now, so, we contact them. But they can contact us on Facebook, twitter and email."

    While Elijah came away impressed with Dan Mullen, he also has made quite an impression on Mullen.

    "Coach Mullen said what really sold him on me was when I talked to him on the phone I talked with a lot of confidence and that I sounded very intellectual," said Elijah. "He also said he likes my strong arm and my size."

    Also a four-star prospect in basketball, Elijah came away impressed with MSU's basketball facilities.

    "I have been to a lot of basketball facilities and theirs was real nice," said Elijah. "Their court and arena were real nice. They said they have the largest basketball-only weight room in the country. And their strength coach has been there for years. I think he said 36 years. So, he has a lot of experience."

    I recently read on twitter that Elijah also has a great pitching arm and that he can throw a baseball 94 miles per hour. I asked Elijah about that.

    "(Laugh) I haven't been clocked recently but when I was in the 8th grade I could throw it in the high 70s, but I stopped playing in my 9th grade year," said Elijah. "I'm pretty sure I can throw it in the 90s now. I'm actually best at baseball but I stopped playing."

    While he may feel that he is best at the game of baseball, college coaches seem to be impressed with what they have seen from him on the football field and basketball court.

    "So far, I have (football) offers from Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State and Boston College," said Elijah. "In basketball, I have Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Florida State, Miami, Virginia Tech, UCF, College of Charleston .... it's difficult to remember all of them."

    As for where Mississippi State stands among those schools, according to Elijah, "they are at the top of my list right now; they are number 1."

    Keep it on GenesPage.com as we continue to follow Elijah Staley's recruitment.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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