Dual-Threat QB Elijah Staley Commits to Mississippi State in Groundbreaking Way

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 14, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

We've seen all the props these recruits could ever dream of coming up with.

Picking from a hat on the table, bringing live animals to the podium or shaving the team's logo of choice in the back of their heads. It's becoming as predictable as the NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

We have Elijah Staley to thank for breathing life back into the recruiting process. He decided to announce his commitment by using a...well, we'll just let him make the announcement with his creative self.

What's the bigger news here?

Is it that he decided to pick Mississippi State over schools such as Vanderbilt, Boston College and Virginia or that he created a trend that is soon to take over the 2014 recruiting class?

We are going to see recruits decommit left and right just so they can remake their announcement by using the social networking site.

A Vine! Genius!

Staley is a 3-star dual-threat quarterback according to 247Sports.com and a big addition to this Mississippi State class. Not only is he exciting to watch, but he adds depth to a position where the Bulldogs haven't had great success at over the years.

His athleticism will also lead to him playing basketball.

Staley has terrific size at 6'6", 205 pounds and is a strong, tough runner. He isn't the most polished quarterback of the class, but you can't help but love the potential.

He struggles with accuracy at times and can be a little quick to run before going through his progressions. Still, his size and athleticism could lead to positive results for the Bulldogs.

247Sports has Staley as Mississippi State's ninth commitment of the 2014 class and the first quarterback.

If Staley can help set the bar the way he did with his announcement, he will be off to a successful career.