Staley's a two sport start

Elijah Staley

There is no questioning the natural talent and athleticism of Elijah Staley. Now the question is will he show that off in college on the hardwood or the gridiron.

The future is certainly bright for Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler star Elijah Staley. The 6-foot-7 forward not only excels on the basketball court, but is also a standout quarterback. Now Staley is debating on which sport he wants to play at the next level, not just which school to attend.

As a junior, Staley is one of the veterans on a young, but very talented Wheeler hoops squad. Without the huge expectations coming into the year, Staley is happy with how his team is playing.

"The season is going pretty good," said Staley following a big win. "We have been playing well together so far. This year we are young, and we had a lot of experience last year so we are getting used to that, and we are just sharing the ball real well together."

For Staley strong performances on the basketball court are no surprise, but he has to debate if that is where his future will be or if it will be as a quarterback in football. Right now Staley says he isn't sure which sport he wants to play, but he will have great options no matter which direction he goes.

"In basketball Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State have been on me really, really hard," said Staley.

He continued, "For football it is just about every school. I have an offer from Vanderbilt. I plan on going to a few camps. I plan on going to Georgia, Florida State, Miami, and a few of those."

While most prospects claim one sport or the other as their first love, Staley says that isn't the case and that he likes both sports evenly.

For Staley the next step will be to sit down with his family and figure out what is best for his future. While Staley doesn't know yet which direction he will go, he does have an idea in what factors will help him make that choice.

"Me and my parents have to sit down and talk about it," said Staley. "I like being down South and I like the hot weather so that is important. I also want a coach who is open, but I also want to go somewhere where I can play immediately."

This summer Staley will run with the high powered Southern Stampede on the Nike EYBL circuit for basketball and also attend football camps looking to impress as a quarterback.

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