Staley Following Father’s Footsteps To USC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — From Airport High School, to a standout college career at USC, to an All-Pro decade+ run in the NFL where he currently coaches as an assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles, the name Duce Staley carries about as much football cache in Columbia as anyone. Duce’s son Damani apparently doesn’t see that as anything other than a positive.
Wednesday, the younger Staley decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and verbally committed to play his college football at Carolina.
Last season as a junior at Ridge View High School, the linebacker/defensive end led the state of South Carolina with 21 sacks.
As a senior running back at USC in 1996, Duce Staley ran for 1,116 yards, good for 13th in the country. He went on to rack up more than 8,850 yards rushing and receiving and scored 34 touchdowns in a 10-year NFL career with the Eagles and Steelers. The elder Staley has been part of the Philadelphia coaching staff since 2010 and was recently interviewed for the team’s head coaching vacancy this offseason.