Wheeler's Staley Gets Recruiting Attention
The Wildcats' two-sport star has scholarship offers from Georgia in basketball and Vanderbilt in football, as well as other colleges.
Elijah Staley is drawing notice from more than a dozen college athletics programs in two sports, and not just in the Southeast.
The Wheeler High School basketball and football standout, who transferred last summer from Harrison, will be a junior when the new school year starts in August, but already he's getting college scholarship offers.
Staley, a 6-foot-7 football quarterback and basketball small forward, has basketball offers from Georgetown, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech, among other schools.
Vanderbilt is the only school to offer him a football scholarship, but he's also getting attention from SEC schools, including Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Florida, as well as Florida State, Wisconsin and USC. He was a guest at Florida's spring game in April.
He said he wants to play both sports in college but will not make a decision until he's a senior in high school.
As a sophomore, Staley helped the Wildcats to a 4-6 season in football, the best for Wheeler in several years, as well as a first-round trip to the Class AAAAA state basketball tournament.