There are plenty of people who believe that scholarship offers should not be made to kids (or so-called prospects) until they have at least arrived at the high school level.
However, college football coaches don’t care, they want to gain any edge that they can, no matter how old the kid is. Long story short, if they see potential, then why not offer a scholarship? Especially since, verbal offers are basically allowed.
Well, the Kentucky Wildcats have taken things to another level, reportedly offering a seventh grader. That’s right, Jairus Brents says that he has received a verbal scholarship offer from the Wildcats — at 13 years of age.
“It’s not a big deal. It’s just an offer,” Brents told ESPN.com. “It’s a good accomplishment, but I’m focusing on being the best cornerback ever and working hard.”
The hype surrounding Brents though is no joke — this kid can flat out play. According to the report, Brents was thrown into the mix with a number of 2014 recruits while attending the team’s football camp this past weekend. Brents picked off three passes and made numerous deflections, so the Wildcats’ impression was obviously a good one.
While the verbal scholarship offer doesn’t exactly mean anything as of right now — I mean come on, he’s a member of the class of 2018 — it doesn’t fault the bright future of this young man.
Kentucky is the second team that is known about to offer a seventh grader. USC was in a similar situation with David Sills back in 2010. Sills has since accepted the offer and is set to join the Trojans’ program in 2015.
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