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Anyone that's not excited about this commitment for Vanderbilt, I don't know what to tell you. Just look at Staley's basketball clips and it's pretty clear the kind of athlete Vandy's getting. I think he's a quarterback at the next level but worst case scenario, QB doesn't work out, you could have a heck of a wide receiver or tight end on your hands.
Elijah Staley ESPN Super60 recruit for class of 2014
This post was edited by Barton S 15 months ago
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Plus the bball team needs all the help they can get.
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Watching that film, I am less enthusiastic about him as a football player.
He has narrow shoulders and is very thin, looks like a smaller version of Joe Smith, the former NBA #1 draft pick. I don't think he will ever be a great WR or TE. I hope he turns out to be a good qb. If he wants to play D-1 hoops at that size, he needs to hit the outside shot as well. I saw a whole lot of dunking on that clip, but not much else offensively (Siakam).
Just my 2 cents.
That film is from 2011-2012, Staley's sophomore season. I'm sure he's been in the weight room since then, and his shoulders have gotten bigger.
If he doesn't work out on the football team, the basketball team needs him anyway...
Agree with you, Barton. VERY ATHLETIC!! Doesn't mean he'll be an SEC quarterback but it sure as heck improves his chances; and 6'7" athletic wide receivers don't grow on trees and offer so many options. I note that he plays basketball mostly left-handed. Does he throw left-handed?
I ask because my high school QB was all-state QB with his right arm and all-state baseball pitcher with his left arm. Played safety at Texas with Tommy Nobis of Falcons fame but was drafted as a first baseman by the Dodgers.
I saw a pic of him throwing a football with his left hand.
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yeah. he's a lefty
Keep in mind, Elijah has yet to turn 17. Those highlights are him as a 15-year old sophomore.
I was 15 as a freshman in HS and I was a sickly, skinny little guy. In college people probably saw me as a huge plodding safety.
I just couldn't bring myself to say "Barton" and "plodding" in the same sentence. Oops, just did. Say it ain't so!
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