NCB On The Trail: Elijah Staley

Mississippi State adds 2014 big man

July, 22, 2013
6-foot-9 power forward Oliver Black (Jackson, Miss./Wingfield) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Sunday, according to multiple sources.

Black, a class of 2014 prospect, chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, among others. He joins SF Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and SG Maurice Dunlap (Greenwood, Miss./Amanda Elzy) in MSU's recruiting class. The Bulldogs also hold a pledge from two-sport standout Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) who is expected to play football and basketball.
Four-star SF Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) has committed to Mississippi State over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Seton Hall, Tennessee, George Mason and Georgia.

What will Houston bring to the Bulldogs and how does he fit?

Four-star wing commits to Miss. St.

July, 8, 2013
Rising senior small forward Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) ended his recruitment on Monday with a verbal commitment to Mississippi State, according to multiple reports.

He joins SF Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) and SG Maurice Dunlap (Greenwood, Miss./Elzy) in Mississippi State's 2014 class. The Bulldogs also hold a verbal pledge from Houston's high school teammate, Class of 2015 PF Joseph Struggs.

Houston also held offers from Alabama, Auburn, George Mason, Georgia and Seton Hall.

Staley to play two at Mississippi State

June, 15, 2013
Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler), a four-star, dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron and a three-star small forward on the hardwood, has committed to play both football and basketball for the Bulldogs, the Clarion Ledger reports.

"I love the whole college town," he said. "It seems like one big family there. I love their facilities and love their coaching staff for both basketball and football. It's SEC and the fan base down there is ridiculous."

The 6-foot-6, 208-pound standout originally committed to Vanderbilt in April but went back on the market in May after it became apparent that the Commodores wanted him to focus on one sport.

Appalachian State, Boston College, Marshall, Massachusetts and Virginia were his other football offers.

Staley is a key addition for the Bulldogs, who recently lost their prized quarterback recruit from 2013. Four-star Cord Sandberg (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft and signed for $725,000.

Mississippi State has nine commitments for 2014.