Staley Eager for Big Friday Test

Staley Eager for Big Friday Test

Elijah Staley is a person who believes in goals. The two sport super star wants to bring a new level of success to Wheeler High School athletics. The three star signal caller believes that his senior class has a real chance of going out on top as champions in both football and basketball. When it comes to recruiting, Staley reports that his decision to attend Mississippi State is final.

Elijah Staley profile

"I feel like we are playing real good and I know we are practicing real hard," said Staley of his team's 2-0 start. "I feel like we are clicking in all areas, but this week is probably going to be the biggest challenge of the season until we get to the playoffs."

Hughes High School will be the opposition this week as the Wildcats of Wheeler look to improve their record to 3-0.

"I feel like we have been playing really good and you can't really see a lot of our mistakes because we have been playing so hard," said Staley. "I don't think this has been our best week or practice though.

"We have had some ups and downs, but I know that we are going to be ready to play when kickoff comes.

"We have always played hard even when we haven't been our best in practice.

"I feel like if we play with our best effort that will put us over the top."

Staley has given way to his back up in the second halves of both Wheeler wins this season.

The three star signal caller believes he is playing the best football of his high school career.

"I feel like I have played real good so far," explained Staley. "I am a lot more confident with my run game.

"I have thrown some good balls this season. My composure in the pocket is better and my overall leadership qualities are better.

"I just feel like a better player than I was last year."

In addition to being a leader on the field for Wheeler, Staley has taken on a leadership role for Mississippi State when it has come to social media and recruiting other prospects to join him in Starkville.

"I am enjoying getting to know everybody and getting to know the personalities of other people," said Staley. "It has been pretty fun getting to learn how to approach different players who are somewhat famous and things like that.

"Me and Jamoral (Graham) have been talking and we get together to decide who all we need to talk to and stuff.

"It's been fun."

Staley and Graham will get the chance to play together later this year as part of the O/D All-American Bowl game in Orlando, Florida.

The tandem will have the chance to get to know many future teammates and foes during the week's events.

"I can't wait to get down there," said Staley. "I didn't really expect to get invited to any All-Star games to be honest.

"I was shocked and now I get to go play with some of my future teammates.

"I am really looking forward to flying down there to Orlando and being with everybody."

The Peach state standout reports that his recruitment is over and that he is in regular contact with the coaches of two sports at Mississippi State.

"I talk to somebody from Mississippi State every single day," said Staley. "I am talking to a football coach or basketball coach from down there pretty much everyday.

"I don't talk to any other coaches and my recruitment is shut down.

"I am just trying to get our football team a ring and our basketball team has a chance to win a national title, so I am staying up with those guys to make sure they are working hard to get ready for our season."

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