Staley Set for Two Sport College Career

Mississippi State fans have had some recent unpleasant experiences with two spot quarterback prospects after seeing four star 2013 signee Cord Sandberg sign with the Philadelphia Phillies of major league baseball. Another two sport star is headed to Starkville, but Elijah Staley reports that his hoop dreams involve the college game, at least for now.

"I am really excited about having the chance to play both football and basketball at Mississippi State," said Staley. "I feel like I can go to college and play both at a high level.

"If I can do it, then why not?"

Staley reports that his relationship with the Bulldog basketball staff is one that he began building years ago.

"Coach (Rick) Ray was recruiting me when I was in the 8th grade," said Staley. "He was recruiting me when he was at Clemson and he just kept on recruiting me when he went to Mississippi State.

"He never stopped recruiting me even after I had committed the first time.

"They just kept on calling and recruiting me like they always had."

Staley reports that his relationship with Bulldog assistant Coach Wes Flanagan is a very good one.

"Coach Flanagan has been checking on me pretty much everyday," said Staley. "We have a great relationship and he's always in touch with me.

"I like him a lot and he's always been right there all the way through my recruitment."

Some fans would wonder if Staley's pledge to Mississippi State is his final decision.

The two-sport star reports that he plans to close out his recruitment and prepare for his future.

"I am done with recruiting," said Staley. "I don't even want to be recruited anymore.

"They can all stop writing and calling as far as I am concerned.

"My decision to go to Mississippi State is final."

While his college destination is settled, Staley reports that he is not quite ready to pick a sport.

"A lot of people are telling me that I can't do it and that it's too hard," said Staley. "I like a challenge and I am not ready to give up either sport.

"I love football and I love basketball.

"The time may come where I have to make a decision, but right now I want to play both.

"Mississippi State had a couple of guys go down last year, so I will have the chance to go in there and play some.

"After a couple of years, I might decide to stick with one sport to see if I can go pro in that, but I am not ready to make that decision.

"I want it to be my decision when I give one of them up and I am not ready to do that."

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