October 2, 2013 8:48:58 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State verbal commitment quarterback Elijah Staley was dismissed from his high school team Wednesday.
Days after a disagreement between Staley and his head coach Mike Collins occurred after a poor first half from the Wheeler High School (Marietta, Ga.) team. Staley, a three-star 6-foot-6 quarterback commit was benched in the second half of the game and was told this week he was dismissed from the team.
According to a report from scoreatl.com, Wheeler head coach Mike Collins "concluded that it would be detrimental to the team and a distraction to have Staley remain on the roster for the second half of the season".
The quarterback completed 64 of 101 pass attempts for 1,015 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions in his five-game season for Wheeler High School. He originally committed to Vanderbilt in April but withdrew that pledge a few weeks later seeking a desire to play basketball at the college level as well. The Bulldogs were recruiting the standout forward in both sports and landed his commitment in June.
"The biggest thing was I could play both sports there at a high level in the SEC," the 6-foot-7, 213-pound Staley told Rivals.com in June. "I love the coaching staffs in both football and basketball. Coach (Dan) Mullen has a history of great quarterbacks."
Staley also has football offers from Appalachian State, Boston College, Marshall, Massachusetts and Virginia. He averaged 18 points per game as a junior in basketball, and is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com in that sport as well. He has basketball offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Ole Miss, Missouri, Central Florida, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.
Staley declared on his Twitter account, @ES14_, Wednesday his intention to graduate early from Wheeler High School and therefore enroll early at MSU in order to be eligible for spring practices. Staley is one of two quarterback commitments for Mississippi State in the Class of 2014, along with fellow Georgia product Nick Fitzgerald of Richmond Hill. National signing day is Feb. 5.
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