KYE STALEY, ATH, 5'11, 190, 4.5, GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA:
For the last two years, Kye Staley has been regarded as one of the best athletes in the state of Oklahoma. And once he settled into the quarterback position at Guthrie High School, that football team automatically became better. Staley is a three-year starter who played quarterback, wide receiver, running back, defensive back and kick returner his sophomore year. Last year, Staley settled into quarterback and slowly played his way into one of the best football players in the state.
Staley was spectacular last year carrying the football 200 times for 1,750 and 21 TDs and completed 54 of his 133 tosses for 1,008 yards and 16 TDs against only four interceptions. He also returned a few kicks, but for the most part teams tried not to kick to him.
Staley is no longer a secret and he admits he is happy to receive the attention.
"I think if people say good things about me then they must be right," said Staley. "I have tried to work hard my whole career and I guess it is paying off."
The big question is what position will Staley play in college? There are a number of teams that love mobile quarterbacks and Staley is certainly that, but his running ability is fantastic so he could be a running back in college or even a dynamite receiver. And on defense, he could play either safety or corner.
"All the colleges are recruiting me as an athlete, but different colleges want me on deferent sides of the ball," said Staley. "It is random right now. It really doesn't matter to me whether it is on offense or defense. Either side of the ball is fine. I can understand why some teams want me to be a running back when you consider my rushing yardage over the last couple of years. So I can see where they are coming from. Some people want me to play defense and I wouldn't mind that either."
Where would he prefer to play on offense?
"Probably at running back, because of my height," said Staley. "I haven't played much receiver, but I think if I am put there I would be good at it."
With Staley, Guthrie went 9-3 his sophomore year and 10-3 this past season. He has not attended any camps thus far, but he has been to the OU and OSU Junior Days.
"OU's Junior Day was very laid back," said Staley. "The coaches were real friendly and I got to meet with Bob Stoops in his office. That is where OU offered me. Coach Cale Gundy was there and I enjoyed meeting with him and visiting with him. It was really fun to be around in that atmosphere and on that campus."
Staley has been offered by OU, OSU, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Tulsa, Kansas and Kansas State.
"Recruiting is something new and something that I am trying to get used to," said Staley. "I don't really have a favorite, but I do have a top five. I like OU, OSU, Texas Tech, Kansas State and Kansas."
Staley has been on the Oklahoma recruiting board for some time and there is no question that OU is very much in the hunt for his signature.
"Right now OU wants to recruit me as a safety," said Staley. "I think that is great. I am the only safety they are recruiting and I wouldn't mind going there."
Will Staley commit early or will he go deep into the recruiting process?
"Right now it is really hard to say because it is kind of early," said Staley. "I am just trying to see how everything is going right now. I have plenty of time and I will learn more as I go. I think I will take most of my visits, but I don't know if I will take all of them. I think I will go through most or all of the recruiting process. At the moment, I think I will visit Kansas State, Kansas, Texas Tech, OU and OSU. I plan on getting down to OU and OSU as many times as I can. I want to see some of the spring practices and I want to go to as many games as I can."
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