Mississippi State quarterback Elijah Staley has announced that he will leave the Bulldogs’ basketball team and focus all of his efforts on football. Staley announced his decision in a statement posted to Twitter.
— Elijah Staley (@ES14_) January 18, 2016
A freshman from the Atlanta area, Staley graded as a four-star prospect in football and a three-star wing in basketball. He barely saw the court for Mississippi State this year and will now focus his efforts on filling the gaping hole left by graduating quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw for 9,376 yards and 70 touchdowns while adding 2,521 yards and 41 scores on the ground.
Staley, like Prescott, is a dual-threat quarterback, but is much bigger at 6-foot-6, 220 pounds. With Mississippi State losing top receiver De’Runnya Wilson on top of Prescott, all eyes will be on Staley as he looks to keep the Bulldogs in contention in the hyper-competitive SEC.
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