Mississippi State freshman Elijah Staley, who was recruited to Starkville, Miss., as a two-sport athlete, has decided to turn his focus solely to the gridiron.
The 6-foot-7 Staley, who was the third-string quarterback on the football team and a forward on the basketball team, announced on Twitter Sunday that he will be leaving the Bulldogs’ basketball team.
— Elijah Staley (@ES14_) January 18, 2016
Staley averaged 18 points and 9.5 rebounds per game on the hardwood as a junior at Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., but had played just eight minutes and scored one point in the Bulldogs’ 16 games this season. Mississippi State is 7-9 on the year.
The freshman played in two games for the Bulldogs’ football team, during which he threw three passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. During the offseason, Staley will be competing with backup Nick Fitzgerald for the starting position in 2016. The winner will face the tall task of replacing Dak Prescott, arguably the best player in Mississippi State history.