This past season State fans got a glimpse of what a dual-threat quarterback can do in Dan Mullen's system, and today the Bulldogs added another talented duo-threat to the roster.
Elijah Staley, the quarterback prospect out of the Atlanta area, becomes the first Bulldog recruit for the class of 2014 to sign, the school announced today through a statement on the team's official Twitter account.
Congrats to Elijah Staley, our first new Bulldog! He's a 6-6, 231-pound QB from Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler High School) #HailState #CatchUpGang— MSU Football (@HailStateFB) February 5, 2014
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Wheeler HS - Marietta, Georgia
Height - 6'6"
Weight - 230 lbs
1,056 passing yards, 10 touchdowns, 21 rushing attempts, 168 yards, 2 touchdowns
Recruiting Service Ranking
247Sports - 3-star (#136 GA, #35 DUAL), 80 Grade
Scout - 3-star (#59 QB)
Rivals - 3-star, 5.5 Grade
Mississippi State, Boston College, Marshall, others
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-star quarterback prospect by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports ... The 18th-best quarterback in the country according to ESPN.com ... Played under head coach Mike Collins for three years ... Named one of MaxPreps/Reebok Top-25 Most Dynamic High School Athletes in July, 2013 ... A Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen selection prior to 2013 campaign ... An Honorable Mention All-Region 5-6A selection as a junior ... Played five games as a senior, completing 72-of-115 passes (62.6 percent) for 1,072 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Rushed for 102 yards and a pair of scores during final campaign ... Prior to final campaign, took part in the Elite 11 Atlanta Camp, where he received instruction from former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer ... Threw for 1,801 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, taking the Wildcats back to the playoffs for the first time in six years ... Added five more rushing scores during junior campaign ... Lifted the squad to the playoffs with 183 passing yards in playoff-berth clinching win against Cherokee in the season finals ... As a sophomore, completed 40 percent of passes for 833 yards and four touchdowns ... Suited up for the Wheeler basketball team and was a Class 6A First-Team All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association as a junior, averaging 18.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game ... Helped the Wildcats and head coach Doug Lipscomb to the state semifinals and 21-9 overall record in hoops ... Scored 40 points, pulled down 18 rebounds and dished out seven assists against Etowah during the 2012-13 season ... Played for the AAU Team Southern Stampede ... A member of the Wheeler track and field program, competing in the triple jump, 100-meter dash, 200-meter race and 4x100-meter relay team.
PERSONAL: Son of Norman and Sharon Campbell ... Half-brother of Greek professional basketball player, and former Georgetown standout, Patrick Ewing Jr.