Dual-Threat quarterback Elijah Staley of Marietta, Georgia announced his commitment to Mississippi State through a video posted on the social media app Vine. The class of 2014 prospect is a 3-star player according to 247Sports.com and had offers from six other schools.
The six-second video begins with Staley noting that he’d be “taking his talents to ‘Starkvegas’,” otherwise known as Starkville, Mississippi. As he makes the announcement, he is surrounded by letters from Mississippi State and multiple Bulldogs logos. Staley has already received 51 likes in two days for the video.
As players continue to find ways to make memorable commitment announcements, Staley’s use of Vine may create a popular trend. Although some players tend to gain the wrong publicity for their use of social media, Staley’s actions were clever and in good spirits. It would be nice to see players show their excitement and pride for committing to their future teams and universities.
This would not only be a positive for the players, but also the members of the fan base who are excited for incoming talent. The recruiting process has become so popular over the past few years and will continue to grow.
Fans of a team, esecially a program looking to rebuild, invest a great deal of attention to recruiting. Players who show a great deal of pride of their new schools through social media are usually early favorites amongst college football fan bases.
Staley will likely be no exception to this trend. His actions will likely be repeated by others looking to make a splash with their commitment announcements.