Recruiting: Staley Talks About Being a Cowboy

Standout athlete Kye Staley of Guthrie (Okla.) High School sat in the library at his high school at noon Tuesday and told his teammates, friends, and family that he had decided to go to Oklahoma State for his college education and football.

Staley made the announcement on his 17th birthday, and because of flooding in Guthrie over the weekend Tuesday also happened to be the first day of classes for the year.

Staley's decision ended up being a poorly kept secret in the Oklahoma media, but he elaborated on why he chose the Cowboys over the likes of Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU, Kansas State, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

"Although it wasn't a major factor with me, staying in Oklahoma is good," said Staley, who admitted he was excited about the fact his family and friends will easily be able to see him play.

"They (OSU) have so many things going for them, like the new stadium and the facilites, and I wanted to be a part of that. Distance wasn't a factor but I kind of wanted everybody to be there."

Staley is not a showboat kind of guy. He didn't place caps on the table and then pick one up. It was just a simple announcement in front of people he cares about.

"All my friends, family, teammates, and coaches were there," said Staley. "It went well and there were a couple of (TV) cameras there."

Staley isn't putting the cart before the horse as right now the upcoming Guthrie Blue Jays season is foremost in his mind.

"Our team is going to be good this year," said Staley. "Like I said before our offensive line is young. Hpefully, they'll mature quickly and we'll be ready to go. Our defense has about eight returning starters so we should be solid on defense."

Guthrie plays again on Thursday when the Bluejays scrimmage Ada and then they open the high school season at Shawnee on Friday, Aug. 31.

The 6-0, 200-pound Staley is rated the top player in Oklahoma by SuperPrep Magazine. He was also rated the number three prospect in the Midlands region by SuperPrep and is a preseason SuperPrep All-American. This summer he was one of the first players invited to participate in the ESPNU High School All-American Game scheduled for January in Orlando, Fla.

Staley plays quarterback for Guthrie, as well as safety on defense. But it is expected that he will play running back or safety in college. Staley has said he prefers to start his college career as a running back.

Last season as a junior he completed 54-of-133 passes for 1,008 yards with 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also ran for 1,750 yards and 21 touchdowns on 200 carries. That's 37 total touchdowns!

The Blue Jays finished with a 10-3 record under his leadership last season. His senior year got off to a good start in a scrimmage quadrangular last week, involving defending Class 4A champion Bishop McGuinness, Staley had a touchdown pass, touchdown run, and also caught a touchdown pass.

He has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and is very explosive with a bench press of more than 250 pounds and a 35-inch vertical jump.

Staley becomes Oklahoma State's 19th verbal commitment in the 2008 recruiting class.

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